The plan has shifted a bit. We’ll do a 2.7 near June, and will try to do a 3.0-alpha soon after that. And 3.0 will land at the end of the year (or early next year, like 2.6.0 this year).
So opposed to earlier plans, version 3.0 will not be the one after 2.6.x but there will be an additional version 2.7.
He also wrote about the currently planned features of the 2.7 release:
The goal for 2.7 is to have incremental compilation (that will tremendously speed up Super Dev Mode) and a beta of JsInterop (and remove support for IE6/7, and maybe deprecate support for IE8). And 3.0 will remove support for IE8.
Details are still being discussed.
As many people get nervous about Java 8 support in GWT, the following sounds very promising:
Java 8 seems to be in good shape for being supported in 2.7, at least at the language level. Emulation will require more work though (java.time!)
From my point of view this is very good news. We will get some of the new stuff early and don’t have to wait for a delayed 3.0 release. With a little bit of luck we can use Java 8 syntax (lambdas, method references, …) and the missing Java 8 API parts can probably be supported by additional libraries in the meantime until 3.0 is ready.
One last thing: About GWT 2.6.1, Thomas Broyer writes:
And yes, we’ll do a 2.6.1 very soon.
It seems that 2014 will be an exciting GWT year :)