The long-awaited Magento 2.2 release happened in September of 2017. During the latest couple of months, it went from RC (Release Candidate) to General Availability – it means that this version is now approved and recommended for use on live websites.

It has an impressive list of new features, fixes and updates, and you can see them all in the official Magento release notes.

To save your time, today we’re doing a quick run-through of the important things about the new release – especially for merchants.

Magento 2.2 Open Source (former CE, Community Edition)

PHP 5.6 support is out

Now PHP 5.6 is not supported for Magento 2.2. If you want to use this version, reconfigure your servers for PHP 7.1 use. And it’s not a bad thing – PHP 5.6 is dropping out of the web naturally, thanks to the new exciting opportunities of PHP 7.

No disabling module output

The ability to disable module output has been removed from the admin area. If you disabled module output from Admin in a previous release, you must manually configure these settings. If you want to have the ability to disable the extension, learn how to do it here, or you can ask your developer to do this for you.

Magento Social

This release of Magento includes the first third-party extension – Magento Social. This extension establishes a connection between your store and your corporate Facebook account and creates a page with products from your catalog. When shoppers click a product, they are redirected to the corresponding product page in your Magento store. You can read more about the extension and download it for free here. Also, you can read instructions and see more screenshots here.

Magento Social also allows you to create compelling and optimized advertisements in real-time. You can also automatically populate ads with product images and descriptions.

Significant speed improvements

This release includes substantial improvements to Magento caching, image processing, and re-indexing, which basically means that your store will run much faster in general.

Magento 2.2 Commerce (former EE, Enterprise Edition)

All the previously mentioned good things from Magento Open Source are going into the Commerce and the Cloud edition, obviously.

B2B features

Magento made some huge work when it comes to supplying the B2B sector with a load of features designed to support the processes, which are way more complicated than B2C ones. You can see the list of the features, supported with videos and explanations, here. And this is a quick breakdown of the cool stuff Magento B2B package includes:

  • Workflow for quote management and price negotiations
  • Support of roles and organization structures
  • B2B ordering functionality – entering SKUs, uploading CSV files, or choosing items from pre-set requisition lists
  • B2B custom catalogs and pricing
  • Mobile experience
  • Inventory management
  • Enhanced API and other tools for better integration opportunities

Signifyd order protection

Compatibility with this anti-fraud service is built into the new edition. Once you sign up and pay for the services of Signifyd, you’re ready to go, as the integration is already done for you. Basically, Signifyd checks each and every order on your store in a couple of seconds and detects any fraudulent purchases right away. To know more about this process. feel free to check this article.

Magento 2.2 Commerce Cloud (former EE, Enterprise Edition)

As Magento says,  this version combines Magento Commerce, Cloud infrastructure hosting, with a few differences and added features including Git integration and key environments for development, staging, and live production sites.

Now, the Cloud version also falls into two categories – Starter and Pro (Plan comparison). The main difference is that Pro includes the B2B module and some other business features aimed at larger stores.

That’s a wrap for today. Hope this information gave you a nice understanding of the latest release. As always, any comments are welcome. Have a productive week!