December saw the release of new versions of Magento 2. These Magento 2 updates included Enterprise Editions 2.1.3 and 2.0.11, and Community Editions 2.1.3 and 2.0.11, and are designed to provide new payment functionality, accelerated performance, and enhanced product quality.
These latest software updates include new features and enhancements that remove points of friction for both shoppers and merchants, and highlight Magento’s commitment to continually improving product quality and to empower merchants with efficient tools to deliver unique shopping experiences.
Magento 2.1.3 contains more than 90 bug fixes and enhancements, including these highlights:
New payment features
Customers can now save their PayPal account as a payment option. This means they can bypass entering their PayPal ID and password in future checkouts.
Unregistered customers can now reorder without having to re-enter their credit card information. Merchants can now bill the last payment method used during a guest checkout.
The customisation of the business name, phone number and URL that appear on credit card statements for each website using Braintree is now possible.
A new Braintree risk decision confirmation stops merchants shipping products to high-risk customers before proceeding with an order.
New performance improvements
SQL media queries have been optimised to boost storefront performance, and compilation and static asset creation is faster.
Managing configurable products with hundreds of variations in the Admin is much faster: generating a grid or saving a list of product variants takes only seconds to complete.
Improvements have been made to configurable product management, CSV file importing and exporting.
Upgrade to Magento 2.1.3 without issue when using multiple master databases for checkout, order management, and product data.
Successfully import or export CSV files with data that contains special symbols.
New web API endpoints (provided by the Sales module) allow processing of refunds from an order or invoice (previously, these actions could only be performed from Admin). Once installed merchants can:
– Create a credit memo (complete or partial) for a particular invoice or order
– Add details about refunded items to an invoice or order
– Update the status and state of an invoice or order after actions are performed
– Notify a customer about refunded items or invoice or order
Enhanced performance in the processing of large catalogs. The catalog/product indexer no longer requires a large temporary table memory allocation in MySQL for large catalogs.
A full list of fixes and enhancements is available on the Magento DevDocs site.