Drum roll please… the Magento 2.4 release

When the Magento Comunity Engineering team announced back in 2019 that they were gearing up for the Magento 2.4 release, nobody knew the turn the world would take. Fast forward a few months later and, despite all obstacles and a global pandemic, we finally get a framework that is not only significantly improved in security and performance but also capable to accelerate your business in the current eCommerce landscape.

Launched on the 28th of July with over 98 new features, 68 bug fixes to core code, 7 test cycles, and over 30 security enhancements, this new release comes with improvements in security and performance that make Magento 2 better in every aspect. 

It features over 30 security enhancements that help close remote code execution (RCE) and cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities.

Substantial security changes include the enablement of two-factor authentication for the Magento Admin panel by default. Template filter strict mode is enabled by default (this is applied to CMS pages and blocks that use the template filter in legacy mode). Magento also disables data rendering for UI data providers to eliminate arbitrary Javascript execution.

Magento 2.4 brings better payment integrations. The Braintree payment extension – the only payments platform that delivers PayPal, Venmo (in the US), credit and debit cards, and popular digital wallets like Apple Pay and Google Pay in a single, seamless integration – is now included in the Magento 2.4 release.

On the same note, the PayPal Express Checkout integration was migrated to the latest PayPal JavaScript SDK, an SDK that automatically collects and passes needed risk parameters to PayPal and lets merchants access the latest features and security enhancements.

Platform upgrades include support for PHP 7.4, the latest stable version of PHP which brings lots of new features, syntax additions and fixes.

Elasticsearch 7.6.x, the world’s leading open-source search and analytics solution which provides superior search capabilities as well as catalog performance optimizations, is now supported and becomes the default catalog search engine for Magento Commerce and Open Source.

Magento 2.4 supports MySQL 8.x and benefits from its improved performance, security, and reliability. With this comes the opportunity for merchants to deploy MariaDB 10.4 with Magento. 

A new Media Gallery that offers a searchable interface for Magento media assets, allows users to search, filter, and sort images up to 30x faster than they could in the earlier versions.

There are improved features like seller-assisted shopping, that allows merchants to view the storefront on behalf of their customers, a feature that comes in handy when assisting them in placing orders and troubleshooting issues, or inventory management enhancements which now include support for in-store pickup and bundle product support.

Although it is released independently, Magento PWA Studio v7.0.0 is out too and works seamlessly with this new release. 

Available for both Commerce and Open Source, it introduces new Venia storefront experiences and accelerated development process, a complete cart and checkout workflow, an extended framework to customize the capabilities of PWA Studio more efficiently, and support for Venia UI components within Adobe Experience Manager-powered storefronts among other features.

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