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What is new in Sitecore 8

When you first login to the new Sitecore 8, you’ll definitely notice a change (a new login page, to start). Sitecore 8 has some major differences from previous versions – like naming, UI, features and more.

Here are a few naming changes you’ll notice:

Page Editor is now “Experience Editor”
Marketing Center is now “Marketing Control Panel”
ECM is now “Email Experience Manager”
So, should you upgrade to Sitecore 8? Here are some of the features you can expect with an upgrade to this new platform:

EXPERIENCE FEATURES
New UX & UI that provides a slick experience 
New Dashboard providing a centralized place of all features of the experience platform - grouped into sections for Marketers, Editors, and Developers
Availability of additional features from Experience Editor Ribbon

DEVELOPER FEATURES
New SPEAK based UI which has been extended with more components - giving a consistent experience
Extended Reporting API to extract Data in Experience Analytics
Versioned Layouts allowing for different presentations on different versions of different languages
Mongo Database as Collection Database for collecting huge amounts of visitor behavioral data and a new reporting database for consolidation and reporting on the collected data

MARKETING FEATURES
Experience Database collects all online and offline interactions to provide for managing customer experience in real time
New “Experience Explorer” mode lets marketers test marketing automation and simulate visitor experience
New reports in Experience Analytics prove valuable insights into your marketing campaigns
Integrated Social Connected module i lets you connect to Facebook, LinkedIn, G+, & Twitter
Path Analyzer feature analyzes the site visitor's behavior in the site
Federated  Experience Manager that can provide tracking on external sites
New reports in picking winners of A/B tests and optimization efforts
New performance reports on not only tests, but also on individual testers giving insight into the optimization efforts of each individual

THESE FEATURES WOULD GIVE YOUR ORGANIZATION A WAY TO UNDERSTAND YOUR VISITOR BEHAVIOR AND OPTIMIZE YOUR EFFORTS OF REACHING TO THEM WITHOUT ANY CUSTOM CODE. FROM WHAT WE'VE SEEN SO FAR, SITECORE 8 IS AN EXCITING NEW RELEASE THAT YOUR EDITORS, DEVELOPERS AND MARKETERS WILL LOVE!