At Affinity Cloud we've been working with the Magento 2 Developer Beta since it was released in December 2014 and I have to say we're very impressed so far. We can't wait for the full release which will be coming at the end of the year.
Magento has undergone a significant restructure and it's shaping up nicely with some great functionality for modern PHP development.
Some of the things we're most excited about are:
- PHP 5.5 Support
- Modular Architecture
- Dependency Injection
- Composer Integration
- Command Line Tools
- HTML5 and Responsive Ready
- LESS Support
- PSR Coding Standards Compliance
- Testing Tools
As you can see Magento is now catching up to the modern PHP development world and there are some exciting times ahead for us Magento developers.