Magento 2 was first announced all the way back in 2010 and planned for a 2011 release. Four years later, in December 2014, the alpha version was released on GitHub Mass release isn’t expected until Q4 2015, and more formal announcements about features are expected closer to the full release.
While most updates are mostly around development to start for Magento 2, merchants can certainly expect some exciting new features.
Magento 2 Impact on Merchants
The biggest question concerning the release of Magento 2 is how it will impact merchants and why it’s an upgrade from Magento 1.x. While clearly most of the features are still under wraps presumably until the Magento Imagine Conference or closer to the full release, the Magento 2 AMA gave us a few more insights into these questions.
Revised Product Creation is one of the top admin work flows the Magento team is working on. According to the AMA, these changes should start flowing out at the Merchant beta checkpoint and more work coming for general accesslikely around product creation.
Magento 1 to Magento 2 Migration
Once Magento 2 is launched it will become important to provide support for migrating Merchants from Magento 1 to Magento 2. There will be lots of aspects to migration – extensions, themes, custom development, and data. While the Magento team is still working on providing migration tools for Magento 1 to Magento 2, migrating between versions falls somewhere between upgrade and re platform depending on the merchant.
During the AMA, Paul from Magento went further into detail on Magento 2 migration tools:
“We plan to offer migration tools to help move core data entities such as customer data, product data, order data, url rewrites, and other config information. Things like themes and extensions though are completely different between M1 and M2 due to architecture differences so those will not move over. We will have more documentation available as we get closer to completing migration work. As noted though the goal is to make it as easy as possible to move.”
Magento Support intends to support the latest versions of Magento 1 for 3 years from the date that Magento 2 is released.
While the AMA focused mostly on development questions, some important insights were gained on the migration between Magento 1 and 2 and a glimpse at new features.
Stay tuned for more information about Magento 2.Raelyn Thompson+
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