I've started working on version 8 again as I'm sure you know. Things are going a little slow as things come back up to speed. Alpha testing has begun. Currently there is about a half dozen people in the alpha testing group and they are suffering thru the last few bugs of a full language rewrite. Once we work out these startup problems I'll start to post more about the new Basic. If we can even call it Basic anymore. It's a language that supports legacy Basic, but now inherits the best features of many of the most popular programming languages. Coming from version 7 it will be very liberating.
Oh, if you want join the alpha group and start checking my claims, just send your gmail address to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to join. I'll send you the info. Remember these are early days of testing and not everything is working yet. And, if you are in the alpha testing group, please post about some of your more positive results.