Yesterday we learned about the official development schedule for the next Ubuntu version of Canonical. This version is Ubuntu 17.04 or also known as Zesty Zapus. A version that will not be LTS and that It will be launched on April 26.
The official development calendar tells us that we will have results before the end of the year, but before April 26 we will have the Realease Candidate available for use. This version no final will be released on April 13, 2017.
Regarding news, we know that the new Ubuntu 17.04 will have Unity 8 and possibly the Mir server that Canonical is developing. But they will not be the only news that we will see in this version of Ubuntu.
Unity 8 and Kenel 4.10 will be the most important new features of Ubuntu 17.04
The Linux kernel it will carry this version will be Kernel 4.10, a kernel that by then will be available to everyone and the Ubuntu team will have time to work with it; we may even have the Linux kernel 4.11, although it will be released in April so it may not be included in the final version due to lack of time.
The official schedule for Ubuntu 17.04 or Zesty Zapus will be as follows: Two alphas to be released on December 29 and January 26; two betas that will be released on February 23 and March 23; the Release Candidate will be released on April 13 and the final version on April 26. In addition, on March 30 the kernel of the version will be frozen, with no changes later. You have more information about this calendar at the Ubuntu wiki.
In any case, I personally think we will have more news in this version, Canonical Convergence news, although surely it will not be a version development that is delayed, as has happened in other distributions.