Laravel 8 is now released and includes many new features like Laravel Jetstream, a models directory, model factory classes, migration squashing, rate-limiting improvements, time testing helpers, dynamic blade components, and many more features. Laravel Jetstream improves upon the existing Laravel UI scaffolding found in previous versions. It provides a starting point for new projects, including login, registration, email verification, two-factor authentication, session management, API support via Laravel, and team management.
I think you’ll agree how awesome the new syntax is for generating records via the new and improved model factories: If your application contains many migration files, you can now squash them into a single SQL file.
Also, Laracasts: What’s New in Laravel 8 series can help you get up-to-speed with new features in this release.