Six Apart released a Developer Edition of Movable Type 3.0 today. While I haven’t been able to find a detailed feature list of what’s new in 3.0 it looks like they’ve made significant changes to their licensing scheme. Apparently one of the big improvements over previous versions is an improved plugin architecture. To that end, they are running a contest to develop the best plugin for Movable Type and they’re giving away $20,000 in prizes for your efforts. Time to pull out that book on Perl and get-a-codin’.
There is still a free version available, but it’s been severely limited. Expect to pay over $500 if you wish to use it in a large enterprise situation with many authors and blogs. I can’t say that I’m ready to hand over the cash until the feature set has been improved greatly over the previous version.