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Why is Java 8 not available on java.com?

Java 8 is the latest release for Java that contains new features, enhancements and bug fixes to improve efficiency to develop and run Java programs.

The new release of Java is first made available to developers to give adequate time for testing and certification before being made available on the java.com website for end users to download. If you are interested in trying Java 8 it can be downloaded from Oracle.com.

Check with the app provider before upgrading to Java 8

Some application providers might require that you use a particular Java release and have not certified their applications with Java 8. If you experience problems running an application with Java 8, check with your application provider and confirm that it is certified with this version.

No Windows XP support on Java 8

As of April 8, 2014 Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP and therefore it is no longer a supported platform. XP users will be unable to install Java 8. Windows users must upgrade to Windows Vista or later to install Java 8.


See Third Party Vendor-Specific Support Terms on Oracle Software Technical Support Policies (pdf) for details.


Features of Java 8

Here is a brief summary of the enhancements included with the Java 8 release:
  • Lambda Expression and Virtual Extension Methods
    Highlighting feature of Java SE 8 is the implementation of Lambda expressions and supporting features to the Java programming language and platform.
  • Date and Time API
    This new API will allow developers to handle date and time in a more natural, cleaner and easier to understand way.
  • Nashhorn JavaScript Engine
    A new lightweight, high performance implementation of JavaScript engine is integrated to JDk and is available to Java applications via existing APIs.
  • Improved Security
    Replacing the existing hand-maintained list of caller sensitive methods with a mechanism that accurately identifies such methods and allows their callers to be discovered reliably.


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