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September 3, 2020

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If you are in the e-Commerce Industry, I’m sure that you already know about Magento. A lot of retailers in the e-Commerce industry are big fans of Magento and versatility of this open source platform. Magento developers recently released a new version with some exciting new features and big changes.

Here, we are talking about these new features of Magento and some more detail around the improvements they have made.

2 Factor Authentication

Magento Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) improves security by requiring two-step authentication to access the Magento Admin UI from all devices. The extension supports multiple authenticators including Google Authenticator, Authy, Duo, and U2F keys. 2FA applies to Magento Admin users only. It is not available for storefront customer accounts.

Two-Factor Authentication gives you the ability to:

  • Specify which authentication providers are supported from the Admin.
  • Manage and configure authenticator settings globally or per user account.
  • Reset authenticators for users.

Enhanced Customer Service

We all know that customer service is at the heart of every e-Commerce store, but some platforms are having a hard time giving the best customer service. Magento 2.4.0 gives the administrators full power when it comes to your customers. It is now possible to troubleshoot any buying problem that you’ll encounter in your storefront as you can now get full access to a customer's account, with the exception of card details. You can save your customers time by placing their orders and creating quotes.

In-store Pick Up

The Multi-Source Inventory, (formerly the Inventory Management), allows you to select different pick up locations that your customers can select from. They can now choose the closest location and details where they can pick up the products they bought.

The feature can be adjusted to the needs of a curbside pickup method due to its flexible configurations and notifications.

Purchase Approval Workflows

Purchase Approval Workflow enables B2B buying companies to customize their approval processes through a simple form. Creating numerous rules to have more flexibility and assign them to multiple people who have definite roles and to approve is now possible. For example,you can have a rule that says customers who are junior buyers cannot exceed an amount of $10k purchase & require approval from a manager to continue the transaction.

Due to these changes, approving and reviewing customer orders has been simplified.

The All-New Media Gallery for your Store

Both Commerce and Open Source let you streamline a completely rebuilt Media Gallery that delivers considerable benefits with its integration with Adobe Stock. The key features of the improvement include:

  • Controlled access to your media gallery with a system of permissions.
  • New Image attribute to search and filter images faster than usual.
  • Image licensing and management in the media gallery of your Magento 2 website.
  • Image details and descriptions that tell you how often and where images are already used.

PWA Enhancements

You will be glad to know that the latest version of PWA Studio has been released with Magento 2.4.0, and it is available for both Commerce and Open Source. You can now give your users a complete cart and checkout workflow, and also introduces the new Venia storefront experience. This new version provides support for Venia UI components within Adobe Experience Manager-powered storefronts.


Aside from these changes, Magento 2.4.0 also made some additional enhancements around security, quality & performance. In a nutshell, these are:

  • Faster cart and checkout performance
  • Quick-ordering and faster add to cart performance.
  • The core Braintree integration has been deprecated. Now available as a Vendor Bundled Extension
  • Composer Update Plugin now automates several previously manual actions.
  • Various scalability improvements including Redis optimizations result in better performance.
  • Vendor Developed Extensions to make customer payments much easier. Here are some of them:
    • Amazon Pay
    • Braintree Payments
    • Vertex
    • Yotpo
    • Klarna
    • Dotdigital

Check out the official Magento developer release notes for more in depth technical detail.