After a few years of speculation, an official Magento 2 road map is finally known. Mark Lavelle released the much anticipated road map on Magento Imagine 2014. Additionally, the 1.X series received an update on both community and enterprise edition.
The beta release of Magento 2 will see the light in December 2014. That’s little less than 7 months from now.
Release candidate #1
The beta release will probably not be ready for production yet. In March 2015, the first release candidate will be released.
Whilst Magento 2 is still a few months away, the 1.X series has received an update on both the community and enterprise channel. These were made available for download as soon as the announcement was made. A direct download for Magento Community Edition 1.9 is available here.
The complete release notes for CE 1.9 can be found here. Enterprise Edition users can find the release notes here. Notable improvements are a base responsive design, checkout improvements, a Zend framework upgrade (1.12.3) and native support for Solr (EE only).
Update 05-15-2014: Hotfix across the board. Magento 126.96.36.199 CE (direct download) and Magento EE 188.8.131.52 apparently fix a coupon code issue.