Magento 2 Merchant Beta release - what you should know

Some exciting news for the Magento community! Magento 2 Merchant Beta was released. The next step for Magento 2 platform will be General Availability release, which is planned to happen until the end of 2015. We put an outline of things you should know about Merchant Beta release.

  • Magento 2 Merchant Beta is very close to what you will see in GA release later. It concerns both the look-&-feel and the functionality of the platform.
  • Magento team says that both editions also have significant performance improvements, achieved by updates for server-side (out of box Varnish 4, full page caching, and support for HHVM3.6) and client-side (static content caching in browser, image compression, use of jQuery, and RequireJS for better management of JavaScript and bundling to reduce file download counts) architecture.
  • The Magento Enterprise Edition codebase includes comprehensive scalability enhancements to the database, order management, checkout, catalog, and more. Improvements include asynchronous grid fulfillment, standalone database for checkout, compatibility with MySQL cluster, more concurrent admins for order, and product management and complete separation of store sub-systems.
  • Magento team is engaged with a group of merchants and partners to test the Merchant Beta codebase via real-world implementations, so the GA release is all over ready and tested inside out.
  • Magento team has conducted a webinar on the release, and the recordings will be available within a couple of days. We will update the post if anything new comes up! Until then you can see what the community members are talking about on Twitter. Stay tuned.

P.S. The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 Beta 1. This is the third pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series.