Magento 2.4 Release Date & Planned Features

Magento 2.4 is set to bereleased at some point in 2020. It’s rumoured to include some much neededimprovements as well as a “brand new API.”  Can’t wait? Well you can find the 2.4-develop branch in the Magento2 project repository.

What to expect from Magento 2.4?

Magento’s team of engineers is working tirelessly, from severalmonths on improving the performance of Magento and the graphQL functionality.

Their R&D team has announced that the GraphQl this time willbe highly-performing. And a new concept of the storefront API will beintroduced with other fabulous new features, product stability, performance improvements,component upgrades, etc.

With itswide and strong community, which is quite active in contributing to Magento’sopen-source and Commerce edition for better performance of the platform, hasbeen proven powerful and effective for Magento to come up with regular upgradelike upcoming Magento 2.4.0. This leads to continuous improvement in theMagento platform.

With thisstrong community support, Magento is able to bring to you Magento 2.4 upgradewith a new improved front-end framework and more than 100s of bug fixes.

What things Magento 2.4 upgrade covers: 

  • – Highly- performing GraphQL functionality.
  • – Full GraphQL coverage will be allowed to admins.
  • – A new storefront API concept will be introduced.
  • – Improvement in front-end framework.
  • – More than 100s of bug fixes.
  • – And tons of new features.

With all of these, lots ofother features and functions are still to be announced by Magento.

Looking deeper into some of theadditions

Asynchronous Import

Even with the most recent updatesfrom earlier versions in this area, the import/export feature of the Magento e-commerceplatform is weak at best!, We’re all hoping  that both import and export functions will beimproved in the upcoming Magento 2.4 version. The Asynchronous Import module isindeed proof of the upcoming changes aimed at resolving this . Magento may justcompletely replace the currently implemented Import solution with this newshiny module.

And this means, store adminswill be given the ability to import objects via the Asynchronous method:

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

It seems that such a noticeableimprovement may become a part of the next major update – Magento 2.4. You canfind more information about the project here: AsynchronousImport.

Deeper Adobe Integration

This was always expected withAdobe’s purchase of Magento in 2018 , So more built-in connections areinnevitably planned for the next update, so we’d like to draw your attention tothe most notable community projects that illustrate probableimprovements. 

Off with your head! For Magento 2.4

Adobe is also keen to improvethe current experience of store owners and their customers. Therefore, the announcementof a robust and highly flexible infrastructure developed to provide continuousintegration & delivery processes is welcome change in approach for thoseMagento users who find the current infrastructure restrictive.

The infrastructure will further empower Magento developers & designers to create quick and agile iterations of their codebase.

It means that store owners ofall shapes & sizes will soon be able to deploy new additions from to productionwith much faster speed. The new flexibility level will dramatically enhance theshopping experience. The full article covering the changes implemented via Adobecan be found here: Adobe Commerce Cloud Headless Offering.

Magento 2 MSI Roadmap

It goes without saying that weexpect to get many MSI improvements in Magento 2.4. Multi source inventory isdesigned to add the ability to stock manage in multiple locations from variouswarehouses, we’re all hoping that with Magento 2.4, the changes will eliminatethe need of third-party modules and customisations. Judging by the roadmap, thefollowing enhancements / fixes are planned:

  • – Inventory Stock Index for the default stock issue;
  • – Extension Attributes class generation issue;
  • – Slow Inventory save via Web API;
  • – Unique Stock Name field;
  • – ‘Select all’ mass action issue;
  • – Saga to compensate Inventory deduction;
  • – Saleability status in-object caching;
  • – Reservations improvements;
  • – Low stock reports improvement;
  • – Quantity of virtual or downloadable products wrong calculation improvements.

In addition to these changes,the Magento 2 MSI Roadmap incorporates new features and integrations in key areasinclusing B2B, PWA, GraphQL API, and more. Check the corresponding roadmaphere: Magento 2 MSI Roadmap. It doesn’t seem that most ofthese features and improvements are planned for the initial Magento 2.4 releasecandidtate. Hopefully we will see them implemented with minor point releases.As for 2.4 vanilla, it will introduce more essential enhancements for thecurrent MSI functionality.

Security

An increase to the Magento 2 security, Adobe is going to present amuch needed auto-patcher. Which is great news for all store owners, with theprevious update method being a headache at best.  It means that all security updates will beinstalled automatically. Such a critical enhancement may become an integralpart of Magento 2.4.