The RC channels were re-started on December 28th, 2016, to the consternation of some on the Server thread of the technology forum as there was no accompanying update. A rolling restart of the Main (SLS) occurred on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017, again with further consternation on the thread.
However, as a quick check through the viewer can reveal, both of these operations were simply restarts to keep things running (reasonably) smoothly, as shown by the server version numbers remaining unchanged when viewed in the viewer (Help > About viewer).
No restart is anticipated for the RC channels on Wednesday, January 4th, given they were restarted at the end of December. The usual run of deployments + restarts are expected to resume in week #2 (week commencing Monday, January 9th) with the three RC channels.
With the holiday break, there has been no movement with the official viewer, with four currently occupying the various pipelines:
- Current Release version: 188.8.131.521958, dated December 1st, promoted December 5th – formerly the Project Bento RC viewer
- Maintenance RC viewer, version 184.108.40.2062513, dated December 21st – some 42 fixes and improvements + Bento support
- 360-degree snapshot project viewer, version 220.127.116.111712, dated November 23rd – ability to take 360-degree panoramic images – hands-on review
- Obsolete platform viewer version 18.104.22.1680847, dated May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.
It had been indicated that the Lab might get a project version of their 64-bit viewer out prior to the holiday break, but this proved not to be the case.