Developers of the basic client of the biktoin network announced the release of a new version of their software Bitcoin Core 0.16.0. The client is already available for downloading on the official website of the organization.
As the developers promised earlier, Bitcoin Core 0.16.0 includes full support for the Segregated Witness (SegWit) protocol, activated in Bitcoin's blockchain in August of last year, but has never been widely used by users and companies that make up the crypto-currency ecosystem. According to SegWit.Party, at the time of publication, the share of such transactions is a little more than 15%. It is expected that the inclusion of SegWit in Bitcoin Core will help the further spread of the technology, and at the same time increase the network performance.
In addition to SegWit, Bitcoin Core 0.16.0 includes a number of other improvements and updates in the field of client performance and security.
Version 0.16.0 was the first major release of Bitcoin Core for a long time. Previously, developers reported that the client is ready for 98%, but refused to name the exact date of its release. Version 0.15.0 was released in September last year.