Yesterday Adobe updated the schedule of the planned Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source releases. The information can be found in this table:
|Release type||Release date||Versions||Adobe Commerce beta availability||Adobe Commerce pre-release availability||Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source general availability|
|Security patch release||October 2021||2.4.3-p1
|-||28th of September 2021||12th of October 2021|
|Feature release||January 2022||-||-||-||18th of January 2022|
|Feature and patch release||March 2022||2.4.4
|October 2021 and further||22nd of February 2022||8th of March 2022|
|Feature release||April 2022||-||-||-||26th of April 2022|
|Feature release||June 2022||-||-||-||21st of June 2022|
|Feature and patch release||August 2022||2.4.5
|-||26th of July 2022||9th of August 2022|
|Feature and security patch release||October 2022||2.4.5-p1||-||27th of September 2022||11th of October 2022|
Also, they notified that 2.3.7-p3 which will be publicly released on the 8th of March 2022, will become the last patch release in the 2.3.x line. The line will reach the End of Life a month later - in April. Also, there will be no full patch release in October 2022. It complies with the update published in the Magento Blog two weeks ago. Adobe will reduce the frequency of the Commerce upgrades from four (as before) to just three - one security patch and two full patches.
Currently, Adobe is going to provide three types of releases:
- Patch releases. They are infrequent and include changes to performance, compliance, security. Bugfixes for the most critical issues are included as well.
- Security patch releases. They should be the easiest to install and contain only changes related to security.
- Feature releases. The most frequent ones. They contain new features and will be provided as independent services/modules. They also will be updated automatically (unlike the previous two).
Also, Adobe announced that they are going to change their End of Support policy. This was done to improve PCI compliance. Now it should become closer to the PHP one. PHP is a critical component, so the change should make PHP version changes more straightforward for the clients who use Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source.
The End of Support terms according to this policy will be as described below:
|Version||General availability||Supported PHP version||End of Support|
|2.3.7||Already available||7.4||April 2022|
|2.4.0||Already available||7.4||November 2022|
|2.4.1||Already available||7.4||November 2022|
|2.4.2||Already available||7.4||November 2022|
|2.4.3||Already available||7.4||November 2022|
|2.4.4||March 2022||8.1||November 2024|
|2.4.5||August 2022||8.1||November 2024|