# announcements

Maria Krishtal

11/01/2023, 4:11 PM
📢 The Kotlin 1.9.20 release is out, the K2 compiler for all the targets is now in Beta, and Kotlin Multiplatform is now Stable. The release highlights include: K2 is now in Beta for all the targets Stable Kotlin Multiplatform New default hierarchy template for setting up multiplatform projects Full support for the Gradle configuration cache in Kotlin Multiplatform Custom memory allocator enabled by default in Kotlin/Native Performance improvements for the garbage collector in Kotlin/Native New target for Kotlin/Wasm –
, support for the latest Wasm GC Support for the WASI API in the standard library for Kotlin/Wasm Learn more ⬇️
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kodee loving 25
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David Rodrigues

11/01/2023, 5:04 PM
I'm new to Kotlin development, and I do it just as a hobby. I'm curious about K2, what would it be exactly? Can I use it to compile plugins for JetBrains, or is it for another purpose? Does it improve performance or something like that?

Jeff Lockhart

11/01/2023, 5:47 PM
@David Rodrigues K2 is the new frontend for the Kotlin compiler. You can read more about it here.