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Magento 2 Roadmap 2017

Since there is no official Magento 2 roadmap, we’ve decided to create our own. Below, you will find Magento release roadmap that contain plans and features that have been already mentioned by the Magento team or other trusted sources. We will try to gather all the latest information about Magento 2 updates here, so get ready to see how the popular ecommerce platform will change in the nearest future.

And if you are looking for the Magento 2.2 release notes, check this post: Magento 2.2 New Features. It’s the closest major release, and we’ve already described its core aspects.

Magento 2 Roadmap 2018

Magento 2 Roadmap 2017

Magento 2.3

Magento 2.3 Beta has been released. Check its features here: Magento 2 Release Notes.

Let’s take a look at the Magento 2.3 roadmap. It includes the following features:

  • Business-Friendly Page Builder for the Enterprise version. We already know that it is the Bluefoot CMS. Check these sources: DevBlog, Twitter, Twitter.
  • Amazon 3rd Party Sales Channel is another vital improvement introduced in Magento 2.3. The source of this rumor is Twitter.
  • Progressive Web App with the PWA Developer Studio and top-notch client-side performance.
  • GraphQL is the new Web API which is extremely flexible and fast in comparison to the current one. The feature is caused by the necessity to implement the PWA model.
  • Multi-Source Inventory capabilities will also become a part of Magento 2.3, but the functionality will be limited in comparison to the existing extensions.
  • Declarative DB schema + Asynchronous Web API will dramatically improve the way you used to work with Magento.
  • Finally, Message Queue is going to become a part of the Open Source edition.
  • The same is about the Elasticsearch engine.
  • The support for PHP 7.2 will be introduced along with some breaking changes. For instance, Magento will replace mcrypt with libsodium in the future patch version.
  • The removal of many Zend framework dependencies should also be a part of Magento 2.3.
  • There is also a rumor that Composer package versions will be removed from composer.json.
  • WYSIWYG editor should be upgraded as well.
  • Early Access Program will be launched for partners
  • Fine-grained cache management ACL capabilities will be introduced
  • And you won’t need third-party modules for Google reCaptcha and two-factor authentication since Magento 2.3 will support them by default.

Some of these features are described below, but you can find more information here: Magento 2.3 Features.

Previous Rumors and Facts

Magento has already acquired the BlueFoot technology. It is a convenient CMS and page builder module that will become a core part of the Magento platform. On the official BlueFoot website, you can read that it provides convenient tools for managing everything from product descriptions to blogs. Thus, it is fair to assume that Magento 2.3 will get a blog module by default. Follow this link for further information. You can also read more about Magento 2 BlueFoot integration in DevBlog.

Klarna integration is another vital Magento 2.3 feature. The service is designed to provide advanced payment options. For instance, it allows to spread the cost of the purchase over time, pay within 30 days after delivery, or pay right away without specifying any additional information except address. This payment solution is safe and trusted by over 45 million customers. For further information, follow this link: Magento 2 Klarna.

Magento 2 Roadmap 2017

Better API is also among plans for Magento 2.3 release. At least, developers were recently talking about ORM/Query API. But it is too early to talk about exact consequences this improvement will move the platform to.

Let’s summarize what we know about Magento 2.3 features. First of all, this platform improvement will introduce better CMS on the basis of BlueFoot. Perhaps, we will even see a blog built into Magento 2.3. Besides, new convenient payment options will be introduced as a Magento 2.3 feature. The integration with Klarna will enable spread payments, payments within 30 days after delivery, and rapid payments with address only. API improvements are planned as well.

Magento 2.4

It seems that many features previously rumored to be a part of 2.4 will be implemented in Magento 2.3. As for Magento 2.4, we should get the following improvements:

  • Advanced Reporting – check the source of this feature on Twitter;
  • CMS Enhancements – another 2.4 feature mentioned on Twitter;
  • Expanded API Coverage – according to this twit, it is the last known feature of Magento 2.4 up to date.

Previous Rumors and Facts

Advanced reporting is planned for Magento 2.4, but we also know that the reporting system of the platform will be improved with Magento 2.2. It seems that the Magento team is not going to stop, so the existing reporting solutions and tools will be improved within several further releases. Today, the difference between the default reporting solution and third-party reports is huge, and finally the platform will try to close this gap, but will extension providers let this happen? We don’t think so. Indeed, the new platform update will just push the existing third-party reporting tools forward. No additional information is available at the moment.

Other Magento 2.4 features include:

    • Planning and early execution by new ATX teams – this should lead to fewer bugs and better user experience;
    • Client-rendered frontend framework – also sounds very promising;
    • Native PWA (Progressive Web Apps) – Magento 2.4 will include the best of the web and the best of apps;
    • Full GraphQL – complete description of the data in Magento APIs that leads to easier APIs evolvement over time and enables more powerful developer tools;
    • Internal API usage at 100% – due to the aforementioned feature?
    • Advanced extension management and registration – will merchants get more control over modules?

  • Entitlement API Apollo

 

Magento 2 Roadmap 2017

As for the Magento 2.4 features, they will include a better reporting system and essentially improved API usage. Full GraphQL support must be a key enhancement oriented at internal API usage at full capacity.

Magento 2 Roadmap 2017

Magento 2.2

Magento 2.2 will introduce lots of B2B features. Most of them are already available via third-party modules or have an alternative implementation in extensions, but since 2.2 they will become a part of the platform. Note that it is the second attempt to make the platform more oriented towards B2B clients. Earlier this year we’ve already described Magento B2B Commerce Cloud, but it was oriented only toward Enterprise Edition. With 2.2, you will get the following improvements:

  • Quote Requests: now your customers will get an opportunity to request discounts and propose their prices right from the shopping cart; quote requests will be available in new backend and customer account areas;

magento 2.2 new features

  • Fast Purchases: another Magento 2.2 feature is related to improved shopping experience as well. It allows to combine orders by entering SKUs or uploading a CSV file with SKUs and quantity; it is also possible to create requisition lists like one below:

magento 2.2 new features

  • Account Roles: with Magento 2.2, a corporate customer account can be used by multiple clients representing the company structure; each customer gets his or her unique role;

magento 2.2 new features

  • Payment On Account: you can provide B2B partners with credits; the appropriate payment method will be added to other with the release of Magento 2.2; it is possible to set individual limit on per client basis;

magento 2.2 new features

  • Customizable Catalog: Magento 2.2 B2B nature also includes customizable price lists and product catalogs; create catalogs with individual selection of products and prices;

magento 2.2 new features

  • Advanced Reporting: the first huge attempt of Magento 2 to make default reports better;
  • Improved Shipping: it is another new Magento 2.2 feature; the process is more automated and efficient;
  • API Coverage: new APIs will be introduced allowing better integration with ERP systems and rapid synchronization with other platforms;
  • Magento Social: some social features are also planned, but there is no additional information;
  • Magento B2B EE: it seems that Enterprise Edition will get it unique set of B2B features.

The release of Magento 2.2 is expected during September 2017.

Magento 2.2 is totally B2B-oriented. It adds lots of essential B2B improvements to the core. This is a giant step towards making the platform suitable for the needs of B2B clients out of the box. Also note that some of the aforementioned Magento 2.2 features are going to be enhanced even more during further platform updates.

Magento 2.2.x Features

There are also several vectors in Magento 2 roadmap that describe further releases of 2.2. They are:

  • Bundled extension as available;
  • Various security and performance improvements;
  • PCI compliance.

Magento 2 Roadmap For Previous Years

Below, you can see all improvements, updates and enhancements that were planned and implemented before. Due to this information, you can always compare different period in the platform development.

2016

Magento B2B

Magento Enterprise B2B tool was planned for Q4/2016 – Q1/2017 and we’ve finally got it in the first half of 2017. Although it was a key step towards B2B functionality, the new tool has one major drawback: it was available for Magento 2 Enterprise Edition only. It was a huge problem, but we’ve created a detailed explanation on how to get all the same B2B features on Magento 2 Community Edition. For further information, follow this link: Magento B2B Commerce Cloud.

Magento 2.1

On 23.06.2016, Magento 2.1 was released. The first major update after 2.0 was published contained lot’s of Enterprise Edition features and several improvements common for both platforms. For instance, EE users got such new functionality as staging & preview, Elasticsearch integration, and Enterprise Cloud Edition. Besides, PCI compliance was simplified and admin interface was improved with the release of Magento 2.1. 3 core new features were: Set of PayPal Enhancements, Braintree Hosted Fields, and Improved Management Interfaces. More features are described in Magento 2 Release Notes.

2015

Magento 2 Release

On 17.11.2015, Magento 2.0 was released. It introduced lots of new features and improvements in comparison with the first platform version. Indeed, Magento 2 became absolutely new platform that incorporates some technologies and principles unavailable in Magento 1. We’ve gathered all information about Magento 2 here: The Ultimate Magento 2 Tutorial.