At long last, the Julia developers are pleased to announce the release of Julia v1.3.0, the third minor release in the 1.x series. Binaries are available for all of your favorite platforms (Linux, Windows, macOS, and FreeBSD) at https://julialang.org/downloads.
As a minor release, v1.3.0 contains no breaking changes, only new features, performance improvements, and marginal, undisruptive changes in behavior. The best reference for the changes in 1.3 is the NEWS file for 1.3.0. There have also been a couple of blog posts highlighting some exciting new features in 1.3, including multithreading and Pkg artifacts.
Note that 1.3, like 1.2 and 1.1 before it, does not have long term support. As of this release, 1.2 has been effectively superseded by 1.3, which means there will not likely be any further 1.2.x releases. Julia 1.0 is still currently the only long term support version.
We encourage everyone to give it a try. Packages can test with 1.3.0 on CI by specifying
1.3 on Travis, AppVeyor (with Appveyor.jl), and Cirrus (with CirrusCI.jl). As always, let us know in the issue tracker if you run into any issues.