What to Expect From the Magento Commerce 2.4.1 Release

Madeline Fink

Magento, one of the most trusted leading platforms when it comes to ecommerce service platforms, has recently released Magento Commerce 2.4.1. With ecommerce services constantly changing and updating their capabilities, it can be challenging for clients to keep up and navigate new updates. Briteskies has analyzed and broken down what this new Magento release will include, and how its new features will improve your ecommerce needs.           

So, what is there to expect with the Magento Commerce 2.4.1 release?

  • Performance & security enhancements on storefront
  • B2B improvements focusing on the order approval process and B2B specific shipping methods
  • Enhanced Magento Scan Tool that provides merchants with real-time insight
  • Expanded logging of administrator controls and actions

These features are just the overview of new updates to expect from Magento’s new release, along with a variety of Magento 2.4.0 issues being addressed. Merchants can now install time-sensitive security fixes. Other notable enhancements include overall improvements to core quality and functional areas such as Customer Account, CMS, OMS, Cart and Checkout, and more. Also important to note, while B2B, Page Builder, and Progressive Web applications are available independently, theses features can also be bundled with upcoming quarterly releases.

Security and Compliance

The most substantial and impressive part about the 2.4.1 release is the new security measure and updates that have been put in place. This release includes over 15 security fixes and improvements, and there have been no confirmed attacks to date. Additional security measures include the addition of CAPTCHA to order placement and WEB APIs endpoints related to payment information. Likewise, in 2.4.1,  SameSite cookie attribute support has been added.

B2B Functionality

Continuing our commitment to B2B, this release includes multiple updates that enhance the user experience and increase security. Buyers now benefit from personalized shipping methods, faster requisition list creation, and approval workflow usability enhancements. Sellers can charge to company credit using payment on account when creating orders in the admin and Google reCAPTCHA is included on the new company request form to reduce creation of fraudulent accounts.

Site-Wide Analysis 

In September, Adobe launched automated monthly delivery of Site-Wide Analysis Tool reports to Magento Commerce customers hosted in the cloud. With the release of Magento Commerce v2.4.1, the Site-Wide Analysis Tool Portal is now fully integrated with the Magento Commerce Admin Panel. With this integration, Commerce Cloud customers will have real-time access to the Site-Wide Analysis Tool dashboard that shows and explains their site health, performance, functionality, and offers recommendations to fix issues found.

Content Creation & Storefront Experience

We continue to improve the content workflow in Magento Commerce 2.4.1. The new Media Gallery, introduced in Magento Commerce 2.4, now allows bulk image operations, duplicate detection, and custom metadata. We’re also lowering the cost and time to market for headless storefronts as we continue to build out PWA Studio components and expand GraphQL coverage for key Magento Commerce capabilities, including product reviews, gift options and rewards.

2021 Abode Software Life Cycle Policy Changes

In addition to our latest features and enhancements, Adobe is updating our software life cycle policy regarding supported minor versions. Starting 2021, supported versions that are no longer the most current minor release line of Magento Commerce (currently only 2.3) will move to security-only updates. All quality updates for 2.3.x will instead be distributed through the new Magento Commerce Quality Patches (MQP) tool. The most current release line (2.4 as of June 28, 2020) will continue to receive quality and security updates through the same existing quarterly release cycle until the release of 2.5, at which time it will move into a security-only cycle, as well.

Adobe-software-lifecycle-policy-updatesSource: Adobe

Last Call - End of Support for PHP 7.3

In December 2021, PHP 7.3 will reach it’s end of support. To ensure compatibility and compliance for the 2.3 release line, we will add support for PHP 7.4 to the release of Magento Commerce 2.3.7 in May 2021. This update will bring backward incompatible changes into 2.3.7 that may affect your site and extensions. You will therefore have a seven-month window between the launch of 2.3.7 and EOS for PHP 7.3 to either upgrade to 2.3.7 or 2.4.x. To avoid unwanted interruptions, we encourage all merchants to adopt our latest minor release 2.4.x, which supports PHP 7.4 today, or update to 2.3.7 once available. You can learn more about PHP 7.4 support here.

While it can sometimes be overwhelming to navigate new software updates, especially when it comes to working remotely and from home and even more so if you're still running Magento 1, the Magento Commerce 2.4.1. update is guaranteed to make your ecommerce needs easier, more secure, and easier to navigate for you and your company. 

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