KDE has announced that the first beta of KDE 4.1 has been released for public testing. The KDE 4.1 beta, code-named Caramel, is meant to reintroduce many of the features that was first intended for KDE4, but didn’t make the final cut for KDE 4.0. The most noticeable being an updated and more mature Plasma desktop shell, with both an updated look and feel, including a new range of widgets. KDE PIM makes a return, which includes the much anticipated return of Kontact. The feature set is now frozen, which means that we will only see bugfixes from now on. The final version will be released July 29th.