February proved to be another busy month for the core developers, who continue to work tirelessly to prepare Neo3 for the formal TestNet launch. Within the first few days of the month, Neo3 Preview5 was released, allowing distributed testing of the latest functionality.
As the most feature-complete version of Neo to date, Preview5 provided MPT-based state services with automatic pruning, ensuring consistent data execution results for blocks while minimizing state bloat.
Preview5 also introduced the new Neo domain name service, compatible with traditional IP domain names in addition to normal contract or wallet address binding. This feature will allow easy-to-remember domain names to replace cryptic public addresses, helping the Neo platform become even more user friendly.
According to the latest estimates, the formal Neo3 TestNet is expected to launch in the second half of March, putting Neo on track for MainNet release around June. This window of time will give core developers a chance to push any iterative updates required for network stability, and leaves time for Neo developer communities to update and integrate their tools and infrastructure. The latest information can be found on the RC1 checklist.