2015-09-08, Version 4.0.0 (Stable), @rvagg
This list of changes is relative to the last io.js v3.x branch release, v3.3.0. Please see the list of notable changes in the v3.x, v2.x and v1.x releases for a more complete list of changes from 0.12.x. Note, that some changes in the v3.x series as well as major breaking changes in this release constitute changes required for full convergence of the Node.js and io.js projects.
child_process: ChildProcess.prototype.send() and process.send() operate asynchronously across all platforms so an optional callback parameter has been introduced that will be invoked once the message has been sent, i.e. .send(message[, sendHandle][, callback]) (Ben Noordhuis) #2620.
node: Rename "io.js" code to "Node.js" (cjihrig) #2367.
node-gyp: This release bundles an updated version of node-gyp that works with all versions of Node.js and io.js including nightly and release candidate builds. From io.js v3 and Node.js v4 onward, it will only download a headers tarball when building addons rather than the entire source. (Rod Vagg) #2700
npm: Upgrade to version 2.14.2 from 2.13.3, includes a security update, see https://github.com/npm/npm/releases/tag/v2.14.2 for more details, (Kat Marchán) #2696.
timers: Improved timer performance from porting the 0.12 implementation, plus minor fixes (Jeremiah Senkpiel) #2540, (Julien Gilli) nodejs/node-v0.x-archive#8751 nodejs/node-v0.x-archive#8905
util: The util.is*() functions have been deprecated, beginning with deprecation warnings in the documentation for this release, users are encouraged to seek more robust alternatives in the npm registry, (Sakthipriyan Vairamani) #2447.
v8: Upgrade to version 18.104.22.168 from 22.214.171.124 (Ali Ijaz Sheikh) #2632.
Full ChangeLog available at https://github.com/v8/v8-git-mirror/blob/4.5.103/ChangeLog