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Today we're releasing EPiServer CMS version 8.0.0. I want to highlight this release since it contains a number of important updates, as well as some small breaking technology changes.
The beta stamp from projects is now removed. Projects make it possible to group content that you're working with, such as a campaign that contains several landing pages, teasers, products and videos. You can then preview all the content as if it was published, making it easy to see exactly what the experience will be like. When you're all set you can decide to go live immediately or schedule it for publish at a later date.
EPiServer has always supported the use of canonical URLs, but now it is easier than ever to setup multiple domains and ensure that there is only one canonical URL. This works for both pages and products and is essential to avoid a penalty from search engines for duplicated content. The feature includes adding canonical link elements to the HTML head of your pages and redirecting requests to your primary domain. In a later release we'll be adding alternate language versions as well.
You can now control grouping, including access rights, of content types and properties using a typed model. This feature will make it easier to organize the edit interface for your customer's specific needs.
One of the most common requests when it comes to block management is the possibility to restrict which blocks can be used where. I'm happy to say that you now can do exactly that! We've also added other functionality to take care of more advanced needs around content control.
We're always working on improving performance. In this release we've made optimizations to the core APIs as well as improved the testability.
Our UX guidelines, available at ux.episerver.com, is the place to go if you want to make sure that your EPiServer add-ons and customizations have the same look and feel as the platform itself. The UX guidelines are now updated and simplified using new refactored CSS that is available in this release.
Our policy for Internet Explorer is to support the two last versions, but before removing support for a specific version we want to make sure that few customers are affected. For quite some time we have supported the three latest versions (9, 10 and 11), but with this release we're removing support for Internet Explorer 9.
The technology changes made to support this causes an increment in the major version number to 8 to follow semantic versioning. Read Linus Ekström's blog post, linked below, to get all the details and to see if this affects your solution. If the customer has an active subscription the license that has been used for 7.x will continue to work. When it comes to how certifications are handled for new major versions we will soon give you an update on that. But, rest assured, your EPiServer 7 certification will continue to be valid.