Version 8.1 has tools to allow you to install and configure Commerce Server. In Sitecore Commerce 8.2 there is added support for Azure Web Apps. By using registry-free COM and Commerce Server specific NuGet packages, you can now deploy to the cloud without needing to install Commerce Server.
Sitecore Commerce 8.2 also makes it easier to define the product catalog in the External Settings field. From the new Merchandising Manager, users can now specify whether External Settings fields are stored with the original product or in a separate catalog. By doing this the External Settings field will not be overwritten in the event of a legacy update or from an import.
The addition of analytics to the Experience Profile in version 8.1 allows users to gain insights into individual visitors. Version 8.2 offers even more reporting tools that include Best Selling Products, Most Viewed Categories and Shopping Cart Activity.
And it gets better. The latest update, Sitecore Commerce 8.2.1, delivers even more power and functionality, the most notable being the all-new Commerce engine, the addition of which makes version 8.2.1 more scalable and customisable. It also offers web based tools for managing pricing, promotions and customer and order details.
Both Sitecore Commerce 8.2 and Sitecore Commerce 8.2.1 are compatible with the Sitecore Experience Platform (XP) 8.2 update 1.
Read the release notes for Sitecore Commerce 8.2
Read the release notes for Sitecore Commerce 8.2.1
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