eBay Will Soon Release a Beta Version of Magento 2

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eBay Will Soon Release a Beta Version of Magento 2!

eBay Will Soon Release a Beta Version of Magento 2!

At the Magento Imagine 2014 conference, eBay announced that they will release a beta version of the much anticipated, Magento 2. Additionally, the Community Edition was also upgraded to v 1.9. We share with you the key features of Magento 2 as revealed at Imagine 2014.

Besides having several new features, Magento 2 will also change some of the core methods and functionality, and improve the performance and scalability of the Community and Enterprise editions.

About Magento 2

Magento 2 will be powered by PHP 5.3 and Zend Framework 1.0, and will support MSSQL, Oracle, and other databases. It will make use of jQuery library, getting rid of the Prototype and jQuery conflicts. The directory structure of this platform will be quite similar to that of the Zend Framework. eCommerce Store Development on Magento 2, especially customization of themes, will be even more exciting as the Layout Templates, CSS, and JavaScript will become even more modular.

The advanced features of Magento 2 will empower Magento Development Service providers to facilitate their clients with functionalities like:

  1. Enhanced Performance of the Store
    With Magento 2, store owners can expect their store to perform 20% faster than the current Magento 1.x versions.
  2. Improved Store Management and Administration
    Magento 2 is aimed at easing up the store administration and management for merchants. It is expected that this latest version will:
    • Improve the menus and navigation of the admin panel
    • Reduce the time of creating masses of products
    • Ease up the process of managing tax rules/ rates
    • Make the admin panel even more intuitive
  3. Smooth Store Operations with Multiple Extensions
    Store owners who faced problem while running their Magento store with multiple extensions can get rid of this problem with Magento 2.
  4. Visual Design Editor
    The Visual Design Editor in Magento 2 empowers store owners to edit the layout of the pages and blocks within their Magento store via a drag and drop interface. It represents the stores’ pages and pages types as the collection of block elements.
  5. Other Functionalities
    • Magento 2 comes with a Responsive theme
    • High-end Automated Testing Functionality
    • Ease of migrating and upgrading versions
    • Improved Multi-language Support and Scalability
    • Improved APIs for extended core functionality
    • Improved Product Documentation

While the Beta version of Magento 2 is slated for a December 2014 release, the launch of the First Release Candidate is expected in March 2015.