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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 contains 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.

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In the following few chapters, you will find the most probable features that tend to become both minor and major Magento 2 updates for the next few years. Next, the article contains Magento 2 Roadmaps for the previous years. 

Official Backlog

The official backlog provides the best understanding of the current Magento 2 vector for the next few versions. You can find what platform elements are planned for the next few updates. Here is that we have in the Official Magento 2 backlog now:

  • B2B 2.0;
  • Search: basic + advanced; 
  • Integrations with Adobe Products;
  • Modularity;
  • Magento Payments;
  • Staging and Preview;
  • Personalization;
  • Product Recommendations;
  • Advanced Promotions;
  • Admin UX.

What is the priority? Nobody knows, but the backlog always contains something that will simplify the life of merchants, marketers, or developers within the current Magento 2 roadmap. Check it here for the latest information: Magento 2 Backlog.

Magento 2 GraphQL

GraphQL is a data query language implemented as an alternative to REST and SOAP web APIs for frontend development in Magento 2. And it is utilized to power the Magento 2 PWA Studio! 

You can also watch the current status of this project as well as discover its updates for the latest Magento 2 versions in the official Magento 2 GraphQL backlog. Follow this link for further information: Magento 2 GraphQL Backlog.

Asynchronous Import

Another notable feature in our Magento 2 roadmap is Asynchronous Import. The current import/export functionality of the platform is still basic, especially in comparison with our Improved Import & Export extension, but it cannot remain the same for a long period of time. And such features as Asynchronous Import are the proof.

The main idea behind this module is to replace the current Import solution with a new implementation that will allow to users import objects in Magento via the Asynchronous approach. The core idea of the feature is based on the following algorithm:

  • You upload a data file of any format;
  • The extension receives the file, validates it and returns to File UUID;
  • You can leverage File UUID to import data with customer parameters;
  • Next, the module parses the file, splits it into single messages, and sends to the Asynchronous API;
  • As a Magento 2 administrator, you can request the status of import as well as resubmit objects which were failed during the data transfer. 

For further information, follow this link: Asynchronous Import. And don’t forget to check our extension – Improved Import & Export for Magento 2 – since it already includes the features mentioned above as well as adds a bunch of new improvements to the default import and export processes that are not even planned in the Async module. 

Adobe Integration

More and more integrations with Adobe products are planned for the next Magento 2 updates. Thus, we’d like to draw your attention to the most notable ones in this Magento 2 roadmap. 

Adobe Commerce Cloud has announced a robust and highly flexible infrastructure developed to provide merchants with continuous integration and delivery processes and empower them to realize quick and agile iterations of their codebase. It means that merchants of all sizes will soon be able to deploy new features to production with much faster speed, enhancing the shopping experience up to several times a day. Read the corresponding article here: Adobe Commerce Cloud Headless Offering

Now, let’s return to our Magento 2 Roadmap and take a look at the existing integrations provided by community projects. They illustrate what new features will probably be implemented from the perspective of the Magento 2 integration with Adobe services.

Adobe Stock Integration

With the Magento 2 Adobe Stock Integration, we will get a searchable interface in the Magento 2 Admin designed to provide the extended use of stock images inside PageBuilder or WYSIWYG content. The implementation of this feature will enable Magento 2 administrators to explore, preview and use visual content more efficiently. 

The ability to access Adobe Stock from Media Gallery, search for images, save watermarked image preview and try it inside the content looks promising. Just imagine that you no longer need to leave the admin section of your store to add the desired visual content. The implementation of this feature will help you save tons of time and effort!

Furthermore, the right fit image can be licensed through Adobe immediately. Watermarked preview images will be replaced with licensed files in media storage and across all CMS content! For further information, follow this link: Magento 2 Adobe Stock Integration.

Adobe Commerce Integration Framework 

Adobe Commerce Integration Framework (CIF) is an official pattern recommended by Adobe for integration and extend commerce purposes for Magento 2 and the Experience Cloud. Designed to enable Adobe Customers to deliver more powerful and personalized omnichannel shopping experience, the feature simplifies various integrations of our favorite e-commerce platform with core Adobe products. You can check a complete project here: Adobe Commerce Integration Framework (CIF) Magento 2 Integration. However, it is developed for demo purposes only. 

Adobe Experience Platform

Also, check the first community project that spans both Magento and Adobe Experience Platforms. You can already find several tools designed to integrate Magento 2 and AEM. One of them is based Launch by Adobe. The connector tends to enable the integration with such services as Adobe Analytics and Adobe Target, providing merchants with in-depth customer insights and the ability to deliver personalized experiences at scale. 

The purpose of the project is to reduce the Magento 2 Adobe Experience Cloud products integration to a few clicks. For further information, follow this link: Adobe Experience Platform Launch extension. Also, check Magento GraphQL data models and query builders for AEM.

Magento 2 PWA Roadmap

There is no need to talk much about PWA since it is one of the leading approaches to the Magento 2 e-commerce for the nearest future. From the perspective of the Magento 2 Roadmap, we’d like to draw your attention to the planned features. If you want to figure our what PWA is, read this article: PWA & Headless Magento 2.

According to the official Magento 2 PWA roadmap, the focus on Peregrine Hooks library and Venia refactoring for modularity will remain. From the perspective of developers, the following features are in progress: GraphQL support, Extensibility Discovery with Marketplace support, Project Scaffolding and Setup improvements, etc.

As for the shopper experience, it will get updates in the two spheres mentioned above: Peregrine Hooks and Venia Components.

For the Modular Component Library (Peregrine Hooks), the following enhancements are planned:

  • Product Detail
  • Navigation
  • Category Detail
  • Checkout
  • Gallery
  • Faceting
  • Payment/ Shipping Methods

As for Venia Component enhancements, they include Toast Notifications and Category Filters.

We should also expect additional features for shopper experience, integration with Page Builder and Adobe Experience Manager, B2B Theming, etc. 

For further information, follow this link: Magento 2 PWA Studio Roadmap.

B2B PWA

It is also necessary to mention a proof-of-concept B2B Magento theme since B2B remains an important use case for PWA capabilities. PWA – B2B Theme (Brentmill+) is built on the basis of the PWA Studio and Peregrine components. We expect something similar in the official Magento 2 Roadmap for the next major update. You can discover the project here: PWA – B2B Theme (Brentmill+).

Magento 2 MSI Roadmap

The Multi-Source Inventory (MSI) project is designed to enable stock management in multiple locations simplifying the life of merchants. The purpose of this powerful tool is to eliminate the use of third-party extensions or customization so that merchants can properly reflect their physical inventory in Magento. The following improvements are planned:

  • Avoid using the Inventory Stock Index for default stock
  • Investigate and fix a problem with Extension Attributes class generation
  • Slow Inventory save with Web API
  • Make Stock Name field unique
  • Mass action ‘Select all’ doesn’t work properly on the product grid
  • Add Saga for compensating Inventory deduction on the shipment when Order processing went Wrong
  • Investigate salability status in-object caching
  • Improve reservations clean up a cron job
  • Low stock report displays ‘Out of stock’ products
  • Wrong calculation Quantity of virtual or downloadable products after creating a Credit memo for order with turned on ‘backorders’

In addition to these enhancements, the Magento 2 Roadmap for MSI includes new features and integrations in such areas as B2B, PWA, GraphQL API, API, as well as various bug fixes. Check the corresponding roadmap here: Magento 2 MSI Roadmap.

Magento 2 Auto-Patcher & Updater

To increase the Magento 2 security, Adobe is going to provide the platform with an auto-patcher so that all critical security updates will be installed automatically. 

 

Magento 2 Functional Testing Framework 

The Magento 2 roadmap also includes various updates and enhancements of the platform’s functional testing framework (MFTF). For further information, follow this link: Magento2 Functional Testing Framework.

Official Coding Standard

Of course, the official coding standard will be improved with all further releases of Magento 2. You can find the proof here: Official Coding Standard.

Community Impact

The community impact on Magento 2 is always rising. And, as a developer, you always have a chance to make our favorite e-commerce platform better. You can participate in Architectural Discussion Meetings every Wednesday, 10:30 am CST/CDT.

The ecosystem lets you leverage a repository created by the initiative of Magento architects to discuss with the Magento community any open questions around Magento 2 architecture. Although nobody guarantees that approved changes will be delivered into the Magento code base, you can try to propose your vision. For further information, follow this link: Magento architectural discussions.

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.

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