By Erik Costlow-Oracle on Mar 19, 2014
Developers and system administrators can now download the first official release of Java SE 8. This is the first major release since Java 7 (July 2011) and features significant improvements in speed, stability, and security. Complete details about Java SE 8 and launch events can be found at The Java Source and Mark’s blog.
Please also join the main launch webinar on March 25.
The launch of Java SE 8 was a well-coordinated event across many lines of the Java community. Simultaneous support is available in all IDEs:
- NetBeans 8 – Download or view the release notes.
- Eclipse 4.4 and 4.3.2 – Download (4.4, 4.3.2) or see the mailing list or Blog.
- IntelliJ IDEA 13.1 – Download or see the Blog announcement.
Many open source projects have also taken part in the quality outreach campaign. This work involved application compatibility testing as well as using the new JDeps utility to identify reliance on internal JDK APIs.
Auto-Updates and the Security Baseline
System Administrators or end-users looking at compatibility testing must explicitly download Java SE 8 from the Oracle Technology Network. End-users will not be auto-updated to Java SE 8, nor will it be available from Java.com until a future (currently undetermined) date.
The Security Baseline represents the latest critical patch update within its own family and is always documented within the latest release notes -- this baseline is separate for 8, 7, and 6.