March was an eventful month for Neo, with the reveal of the N3 brand, the launch of a new neo.org website, and the release of Neo N3 RC1 TestNet.
N3 is the version brand for Neo 3.0. It allows Neo Global Development to market its major releases to developers, without interrupting the regular user’s relationship with Neo’s core identity. NGD has also started referring to 2.x (the current Neo blockchain) as Neo Legacy to clearly communicate to users that it is being superseded and will not receive further updates in the future.
Following the N3 reveal, NGD released the Neo N3 RC1 TestNet – the first official N3 TestNet. This first release candidate version includes the integration of NeoFS into the oracle modules for the first time, alongside state root services and other new features. Neo’s global community also kept in lockstep with core protocol development, with RC1 compatibility immediately announced for almost all major projects, including the Neo Blockchain Toolkit, NeoGo, the Neo Python Suite, Neow3j, and more.
To reflect the new version brand and celebrate the TestNet release, NGD also launched a new website with updated information on Neo and N3. Visitors can take a tour of all the features found in N3, and learn more about ecosystem support opportunities, Neo’s mission, it’s global communities, and more. Further updates will be made in the near future to provide information on governance participation and token migration.
Moving forward, a checklist has been opened for Neo N3 release candidate two, as Neo continues along its path to the Neo N3 MainNet. A hackathon event will soon be launched to allow developers to compete for prizes and mentorship as they familiarise themselves with Neo’s new complete blockchain development platform.