NEW FEATURES

Community and Enterprise Edition

Only in Enterprise Edition

PayPal in-context checkout and saved credit cards.

Now your store customers can pay using PayPal without actually leaving your website! It’s incredible and, as Magento team states, helps in increasing conversion.

Secure saving credit cards with PayPal will significantly raise shoppers trust to your store and grow returning customers rate, since they don’t need to re-enter their credit cards number with this feature, so they save some time either!

Staging & Previewing + Other Business Management Tools

Stage & Preview feature allows effective creating, scheduling and previewing store changes for better shopping and customer experience.

Improved Management Tools:

  • Extensive and more efficient API;
  • Easier upgrades;
  • Modern Tech Stack;
  • Modular Code Base;
  • Enhanced theming and layout framework etc.

Braintree Hosted Fields.

Braintree is PayPal stand-alone project. And its Hosted Fields are about customizing UI with complying PCI security requirements:

‘Hosted Fields are small, transparent iframes that replace the sensitive credit card inputs in your checkout flow ? helping you meet the latest PCI data security requirements while ensuring your customization doesn?t suffer.’ (braintree.com)

Now you are able to customize your store checkout user interface meeting PCI security requirement, since Hosted Fields collect credit cards sensitive data securely and behind the scenes.Braintree Hosted Fields

Image 1. Braintree Hosted Fields

Elasticsearch

Magento 2.1 is the first version, you can use Elasticsearch for searching your store catalog:

  • quick and advanced searches on products;
  • multiple languages support;
  • stop-words and synonyms support;
  • returns search results based on the last generated index until the new one has been completely indexed so there’s no disruption to customers;
  • real-time data and analysis support.

Improved Interfaces Management.

Backend functions are significantly enhanced in 2.1 release. Now it’s possible to perform searches within Administrator interface fastly and easily. Also the following features are available:

  • Set up global search synonyms;
  • Easily create product, category or CMS content via Admin panel.

PayPal Checkout Enhancements

PayPal in-context checkout and saved credit cards make checkout process smoother.

Also these features give an opportunity for easier PCI compliance with PayPal, Braintree, Authorize.net, WorldPay, and CyberSource integrations.

SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS

Magento 2.1 release includes some enhancement for improving overall app security. Officially, there is no list of any definite changes and it states there’s no confirmed security attacks, but it’s recommended to upgrade to the latest version ASAP or contact Magento officials for details.

Additional helpful resources for Magento 2.1 (CE):

The full list of Fixed Issues.

Existing known issue.

System Requirements.

Installation and Upgrade Instructions.

Migration Toolkits.

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