1. An ever-growing list of new, better extensionsIt’s natural to assume that in these early first few months that Magento 2.0 gets off the ground, the same variety of excellent extensions that made its predecessor the most popular eCommerce platform worldwide wouldn’t quite be up to scratch. Currently there are about 180 extensions available for the new version across all categories, with another 120 or so coming soon. If your website has been running Magento 1.x for the last few years you probably have up to a few dozen extensions at this point. It’s tempting to be a stick-in-the-mud and resist changing to the new Magento so you can keep your old platform – and extensions – around and delay the pain of switching over. But with 2.0, whether you opt for the Enterprise or Community version, developers are using this moment to modify and streamline the extensions they made for 1.x. Think of the adoption of 2.0 as a chance for old extensions to get a new look, and as an opportunity for new and better extensions to take the field.
3. Simplified dashboard for easier admin
One day in the not so distant future, Magento users will look back at what used to be the old admin panel of Magento 1.x and wonder how they ever managed.
This is what the new dashboard looks like; not too far away from the plaudits-receiving simplicity and functionality of the admin panel you might see on the back end of, say, a WordPress site. At this point we can pretty much navigate the entire admin panel of Magento 1.x in our sleep, but we personally look forward to the more straightforward dashboard in Magento 2.0. The old dashboard ensured that only the highly initiated could hope to effectively administrate the website; now there’s a gentler learning curve for the admin panel, so after you drag your IT people kicking and screaming through the implementation of Magento 2.0 they’ll eventually love you for giving them a much easier field to navigate through.