The 2.4.4 release also includes some functional improvements for both Magento Open Source and Adobe Commerce. For example, the code base was 'stripped down'. In concrete terms, this means that modules such as Amazon Pay, dotdigital, Klarna, Vertex and YotPo are no longer included in the code base by default, which ensures better performance since fewer modules have to be loaded. These modules will of course remain available, but now they must be actively downloaded.
Screen accessibility for all target groups is becoming increasingly important and so Adobe has also given it the necessary attention. This release includes improved tooltips, accessible naming and tagging of screen elements, and redesigned icons and buttons. More than 80% of these solutions help improve the shopping experience for visionless or limited vision users.
It was already good news for our customers that Pagebuilder also became available for Open Source in version 2.4.3, but now it is also possible to add an alt text to images. Not only does this help with SEO, it also contributes to better accessibility.
Of course, Adobe also provided a lot of bug fixes, both for products, the shopping cart, categories, emails, images and much more. A complete list can be found in the release notes, which you can find here.