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I currently run an ecommerce store using Magento CE version 1.3.2.4. There have been many releases that each have had a number of fixes and new issues since then. I'm in the process of planning an upgrade and will be rolling out 5-6 new sites that will each be running on their own domain names, but will be using the same codebase and back-end as my main site. I'd like to know what version the community recommends upgrading my main site to prior to this roll-out? Should I go all the way to 1.6.2.0 or should I stop somewhere before that?

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ver 1.6.2.0 - Added January 11, 2012 according to http://www.magentocommerce.com/download

Yes you should always upgrade to the latest stable version for security, features, and performance.

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To make this question useful in future, you're basically saying "the latest stable version is the best" - is that right? –  paulmorriss Mar 7 '12 at 10:05
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Well simply writing "the latest stable version is the best" is a bit brief. I explained the top three reasons people should upgrade. Security, features, and performance. –  Anagio Mar 7 '12 at 10:21
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