Magento 2 Has Finally Been Released

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The next generation of the Magento commerce platform is finally here. Both the open source Community Edition and the licensed Enterprise Edition of Magento 2.0 is now available. The platform has long been in production, with a lot of anticipation surrounding its release, but it’s finally ready for the rest of us to get our hands dirty using it.

There have already been a handful of early adopters whose websites have been released on Magento 2:

So What Are The Big Changes?

New Platform Architecture

Magento 2 offers  easier customization, a quicker development process, and better overall code quality compared to the previous version. The new architecture includes:

  • Updated Stack Technology
  • Modular Code Base
  • New Service Contracts
  • Automated Testing
  • Extensive API’s

Improved Performance and Scalability

Magento 2 offers better performance capabilities, the big one being faster page load times. There is also additional support for enterprise-level sites where traffic and order volume scales as it grows.

Better Shopping Experience

User checkout is now much quicker and easier with minimized steps and required information for finalizing transactions. The built in responsive design themes now help merchants unify user experience across various devices. There is also a new product video feature and responsive reference themes.

Agility and Productivity Improvements

To ensure that merchants can efficiently manage their products, there is now a simplified admin user interface which offers:

  • Guided Product Onboarding
  • Custom Views
  • Faster Import/Export Capabilities
  • Better Customer and Order Information

Modular Architecture

The new modular architecture of Magento 2.0 will dramatically decrease the effort needed for Merchants to make future platform upgrades. This is expected to be released quartlery beginning in Q1 2016.

Tiered Licensing Model

Magento is moving to a new tiered licensing model that will provide greater flexibility for clients. It will also help to better align merchants future commerce needs. This new pricing model will be going into effect January 1, 2016.

Extensions

The developer ecosystem now has better opportunities when creating Magento 2 extensions. It now empowers developers to quickly and efficiently deliver new extensions to merchants that can tailor their sites to their precise busness needs. For all new Magento 2 Extensions, they ask to get in touch with their team at: Marketplace@magento.com

Additional Resources

As expected, many people will have questions, concerns, and even a few problems. However those discussions with solutions have begun in a few places.