Blender.org features a new page that lists different 'branches' of Blender that contain interesting new projects.
Often work on Blender happens in ‘branches'; outside of the sources that make the releases.
A branch gets usually added on blender.org for approved projects, when development work is still too experimental, or when designs need to be tested and proven still. Branches provide developers with a more quiet working place as well, without too many users breathing down their necks daily.
Several new features started as branch and went to ‘master’ (the release sources). Well known examples were FreeStyle, OpenSubdiv, Multiview and the Dependency Graph.
There are branches that never really made it, or that are still waiting to be completed or approved on. And there are new exciting branches!
In this article I will outline interesting branches you might hear more of in 2016.