The release of Magento Commerce 2.4 highlights Adobe’s commitment to supporting merchants through uncertainty with features designed to help accelerate ecommerce businesses. Magento Commerce 2.4 introduces new B2B features including Order Approval Workflow (allowing organisations to configure approval rules for buyers), Seller-assisted Shopping, support for PHP 7.4 & MySQL 8.0, and substantial security changes and enhancements, including the enablement of two-factor authentication in the Admin by default. Many of these enhancements were as ever guided by the Magento Commerce community. 

B2B Order Approval Workflow

Managers of buying organisations will be able to configure approval rules for buyers.

  • Self-service configuration of unique approval rules for accounts
  • Rule criteria can be based on order amount, number of line items, or shipment cost with configurable thresholds
  • Quick storefront view of Purchase Orders that require approval
  • Full history log of actions that have been performed 

Seller-assisted Shopping

Merchants can now view the storefront on behalf of their customers, who can opt to allow storefront access. 

  • Administrators that can log in to customer accounts can be configured on a per-website basis
  • Orders placed on behalf of customers are logged in the storefront and Admin
  • Strict security features: all sessions are destroyed following administrator logout

Inventory Management

Inventory Management enhancements for this release include support for In-store Pickup and bundle product support. With the in-store delivery method, the customer can select a source to be used as a pickup location during the checkout.

New Media Gallery

This replacement for the former Media Gallery offers a new, searchable interface for Magento media assets. 

  • Administrators can now search, filter, and sort images up to 30x faster
  • A new tool can be used to evaluate storefront image usage

Substantial Security Enhancements

This release includes over 30 security fixes and platform security improvements, including the implementation of two-factor authentication (2FA) for Admin accounts, user accounts, and multi-factor authentication for Cloud SSH access.

  • Magento Admin: 2FA is now required by default for the Magento Admin, making it harder for malicious users to log in without authorisation. Info: Two-factor Authentication (2FA).
  • user account: 2FA provides an optional layer of security to better protect from unauthorised users. Info: Securing Your Account.
  • Magento Commerce Cloud: multi-factor authentication (MFA) is provided for securing Cloud SSH access to manage authentication requirements for SSH access to Cloud environments. See Enable multi-factor authentication for SSH access.

More comprehensive information of the release is available on Magento DevDocs