Magento Community Edition 1.8.1.0 Is Here

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Magento Community Edition 1.8.1.0 is here! This latest release includes many contributions from the Magento developer community and empowers merchants to operate their online stores more easily and efficiently by delivering significant tax calculation updates, functional improvements, and security enhancements, including:

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Building on tax improvements made in our most recent release, Magento Community Edition 1.8.1.0 provides more accurate and consistent Value Added Tax (VAT) and Fixed Product Tax (FPT) calculations for the Magento admin, invoices, and credit memos. It also improves tax calculations for cross-border transactions, bundled products, and multi-tax scenarios, as well as supports the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling tax in the EU.
 
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Magento Community Edition 1.8.1.0 includes important improvements across the shopping cart, checkout, content management system, and product import and export. Many of these updates came from Magento community hackathons (see photos of the events below). Please give a big “thank you” to the contributors highlighted in the product release notes for making the Magento platform better!
 
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Magento Community Edition 1.8.1.0 delivers several important security enhancements, helping to further strengthen the platform against potential threats. These enhancements were identified through a rigorous process that included comprehensive internal testing, quarterly penetration testing by expert consultants, and engagement with the Magento developer community. Additionally, one improvement from Magento Community Edition 1.8.0.0 is now available for download for earlier Magento Community Edition releases.
 
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We know that you are eager to start testing out Magento Community Edition 1.8.1.0. But, before you do, please take a few minutes to carefully review the upgrade instructions. We strongly recommend that you do not upgrade Magento Community Edition 1.8.1.0 in the same directory on the same server as your current deployment to avoid any post-upgrade errors.
 
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See how Magento Community Edition 1.8.1.0 can help improve your operations by downloading the software and reviewing the release notes today!
 

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L.A. Bugathon

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Zurich Hackathon

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Announcing Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13.1.0

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Building on the performance and scalability improvements released earlier this year, Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13.1.0 advances overall product quality and eases operations by providing significant tax calculation updates, a wide range of functional improvements, and several security enhancements.

Highlights include:

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We made many tax improvements for shopper-facing pages in Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13.0.0/2. In this latest release, we’ve resolved similar Value Added Tax (VAT) and Fixed Product Tax (FPT) issues for the Magento admin, invoices, and credit memos so that you have access to more accurate and consistent tax calculations and displays. We’ve also addressed:

  • VAT tax calculation issues for cross-border trade
  • Tax rounding issues when multiple taxes are applied
  • VAT and FPT calculation issues for bundled products
  • Support for the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (W.E.E.E.) recycling tax in the EU
 
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Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13.1.0 also includes functional improvements across important feature areas, including the shopping cart, checkout, content management system, and product import and export.

Many of these updates come from Magento community developers. We truly appreciate their active support in advancing our solution. You can see which developers contributed fixes in the product release notes. These improvements will also be available in the upcoming Magento Community Edition 1.8.1.0 release, which is expected in December.

 
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Magento is committed to following a rigorous process to identify and resolve potential security issues so that you can feel more confident that your store is protected. Our team does comprehensive internal testing, has expert consultants conduct quarterly penetration testing, and actively works with the Magento community to help us identify weaknesses. Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13.1.0 addresses several important issues identified through this process and helps to further harden the platform against potential threats. More information on these security updates and the community members who helped us find them is available in the release notes.
 
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You may have missed the recent news that an updated version of Magento Secure Payment Bridge is now available for Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13.x releases. It has successfully completed PA-DSS certification and includes several feature improvements. We encourage everyone using Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13.x to upgrade to this latest version.
 
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With its combination of performance, scalability, product quality, and security, Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13.1.0 is the perfect solution if you are using an earlier version of Magento or if you are new-to-Magento and looking for a flexible, enterprise-class ecommerce solution for fast-growing and large businesses.
 

You can get all the details about Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13.1.0 here.

Ready to learn more about Magento? Contact us and we’ll help you get started.

If you are already a Magento Enterprise customer, you can immediately access the new Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13.1.0 release in the My Account section of the Magento website.



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Magento Secure Payment Bridge for Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13 Now Available

A new version of Magento Secure Payment Bridge, intended for merchants using Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13.0.2, is now available for download from the Support Portal*.

Like previous versions, Magento Secure Payment Bridge has successfully completed…

Introducing Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13

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We’re excited to announce that the newest version of Magento Enterprise Edition– version 1.13 – is now available.

There are thousands of merchants doing many different and innovative things on Magento Enterprise – from revolutionizing how customers buy eyewear to building mobile salesforce automation applications for a global sales team. But there is one thing that Magento Enterprise merchants are ALL doing….GROWING!

As our merchants grow, we need to ensure that Magento continues to grow with them. That’s why we’re excited to announce Magento Enterprise 1.13, the most powerful and scalable version of Magento ever.

Key performance and scalability enhancements of Magento 1.13:

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Optimized Indexing

We’ve optimized the Magento Enterprise indexing process to enable significantly faster indexing with limited to no impact to the customer’s shopping experience. This will make it easier for you to add and update products more frequently while ensuring your URLs, promotions, navigational menus and product search tools are always completely up to date, while never slowing down the performance of your online store.

The introduction of incremental indexing reduces the need to perform a full re-index and most indexing operations are now automated – saving you and your staff time and energy to focus on revenue-generating activities.

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Improved Caching

The full page caching capabilities in Magento Enterprise help ensure that high volume pages load quickly. We’ve improved our caching to enable even greater performance by invalidating only relevant pages making it easier to cache content without affecting site performance for your customers. Improved caching performance also drastically reduces server load enabling your to store to support even larger traffic volumes while conducting back end operations.

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Speedier Checkout Flow

1.13 showcases tremendous improvements in further speeding up the checkout process by reducing page load times for browsing and placing orders. Faster checkout can significantly improve your customers’ shopping experience and customer satisfaction.

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Enhanced Tax Calculations Algorithms

This latest version of Magento Enterprise Edition improves tax calculation algorithms eliminating potential rounding offsets that can be displayed on buyer facing screens. This release also provides additional support for Canadian tax requirements.

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Functional Improvements

We’ve also made approximately 350 functional improvements in key areas including in the web store and shopping cart, admin order creation, import and export functionality, web API components and payment methods.

When it comes to Magento’s ability to scale, Enterprise Edition 1.13 is the most dramatic step forward in this history of our platform, and we’re confident 1.13 will support you through your next level of success in whatever innovative way you utilize Magento.

You can get all the details about Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13 here

Ready to take your business to the next level? Contact us and we’ll help you get started.

If you’re already a Magento Enterprise customer, you can immediately access the new 1.13 release in the My Account section of the Magento website.

We hope you enjoy these new capabilities and we look forward to helping you achieve even greater eCommerce success.



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