Latest Java updates

Java 9

New Java version is under development. Preliminary JDK versions and information can be found at https://jdk9.java.net/

Java 8

Java 8 is the current Java version.

Java 8 JDK/JRE update 25 has been released. It includes security fixes only so it is suggested to be installed whenever it is possible.

Complete bug fix list can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/2col/8u25-bugfixes-2298227.html

JDK 8 update 25 can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html

Java 7

First two important news about Java 7:

Latest Java 7 update is splitted in two releases:

  • Update 71 which includes critical security updates only
  • Update 72 which includes 71 updates plus some other minor updates.

Oracle suggests to migrate to update 71 unless you are affected by problems fixed in 72 update.

Update 71 bug fixes can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/7u71-relnotes-2296187.html

Update 72 bug fixes can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/7u72-relnotes-2296190.html

JDK 7 update 71 and 72 can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-downloads-1880260.html

New Java releases: 8u20 and 7u67

 JDK 8

After the 8u11 release on mid of July, Oracle has released JDK 8u20 which includes several new and updated tools and a significant amount of bug fixes.

Java Mission Control has been updated to version 5.4. JMC is a tool to monitor and collect data from running applications and Java run-time environments.

AMC (Advanced Management Console) is a Java applications and versions usage collector and analysis tool. It requires a commercial license.

Another commercial product is the new JRE installer for Windows which fully support MSI technology.

Nice feature for 64bit users is in the Java Control Panel where we can select to automatically update  both 32bit and 64bit JRE.

Complete release notes can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/8u20-relnotes-2257729.html

Bug fixes: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/2col/8u20-bugfixes-2257730.html

By the way, the famous Java 8 bugs which affected several third party tools like jRebel (see for example http://www.infoq.com/news/2014/08/Java8-U11-Broke-Tools) has been fixed. See https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8051012 for details.

JDK 7

New update also for Java version 7: 7u67. This version only includes the bug fix for the verifier regression (see above).

Complete release notes can be found at  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/7u67-relnotes-2251330.html

JDK 6
Java 6 and previous versions are at end of life stage so they are no more updated.

New Java release: 7u40

Oracle has released new Java 7 CPU (see meaning here) release: 7u40.

Complete release notes can be found here but let me mention two important news.

First is related to several improvements and bug fixes for the Mac OS X platform which include support for Retina displays. For more details, look here.

The second one is the inclusion of the JavaFX environment inside the JDK, together with long list of bug fixes.