Magento Commerce CE Version 188.8.131.52 is now available for download and upgrade. This new edition improves tax calculations, boosts product quality and stability, enhances performance, and advances security for the rapidly growing Magento community.
Key highlights include:
Enhanced Tax Calculations
Magento Community Edition 1.8 improves tax calculation accuracy for VAT merchants and eliminates potential rounding errors that can be confusing to buyers. Knowledge Base updates also provide more guidance on tax configurations and Canadian tax requirements, enabling you to more fully benefit from the native Magento tax engine.
Approximately 350 functional improvements has been made that boost product quality in key areas, including the web store, shopping cart, admin order creation, import and export functionality, web API components, and payment methods.
Magento Community Edition 1.8 enables a better shopping experience through faster page-loading in the checkout process and optimized cache adapters for single server systems, which minimize the number of cached pages that must be refreshed when product updates are made. The performance of the 1.8 administrator panel is also improved for those of you with large product or order databases.
Through a number of enhancements, the Magento team also strengthened the security of Magento Community Edition. A full list of enhancements is available in the release notes.
Updates to the Alpha Release
A few new updates were made to the alpha version of Magento Community Edition 1.8. The requirement to have globally unique category and product URL keys has been removed, giving you greater flexibility in your URL structures. The recent USPS API patch, DHL code updates, and the latest Redis backend cache code, now called Cm_Cache_Backend_Redis are also incorporated. The Magento team also included Cm_RedisSession, a Redis session storage module.
Please Note: We do NOT recommend upgrading a production installation of Magento directly. Please backup database and all files before upgrading. Please make sure to check for compatibility of your plugins and themes before you upgrade.