Oracle announced the release of Java 7 to consumers via the Java.com site. The move makes Java 7 the default version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) available to consumers on Java.com.
Oracle has announced that it has made Java 7 the default
version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) available to consumers on
May 2, Oracle said it will now begin the process of upgrading its user base to
the Java 7 release. Over the next several months Java users will be
automatically upgraded to Java 7.
Oracle recommends that Java users always run the most
current version of the platform to take advantage of the latest features,
functionality and security fixes. Consumers can go to Java.com
to see what version of Java they are
currently running and download the latest release. Oracle recommends removing
older versions of Java when users upgrade to new versions. Go to the Java.com FAQ
additional details and instructions.
move comes a week after Oracle announced
of Java Platform, Standard Edition 7 Update 4
(Java SE 7 Update
4) and JavaFX 2.1
on April 26.
release marks Oracles first delivery of both the Java Development Kit (JDK)
and JavaFX Software Development Kit (SDK) for Mac OS X.
is continuing its work to merge the Oracle Java HotSpot JVM and the Oracle
JRockit JVM into a converged offering that leverages the best features of each
of these leading virtual machines. With the release of Java SE 7 Update 4, all
of the performance enhancements available in Oracle JRockit have been merged
into Oracle Java HotSpot and OpenJDK, the open-source Java SE implementation.
The new JVM, Java HotSpot Virtual Machine, version 23, features JRockit JVM
feature convergence. Some of the value-add features of the JRockit JVM are reimplemented
in the HotSpot JVM.
on April 27, Oracle Java teams delivered update releases for Java SE, Java FX
and Java SE for Embedded.
has aggressive plans for Java over the next few years, and we are continuing to
drive technical advancements across the platform, said Hasan Rizvi, senior
vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java Products, in a statement
upon the release of Java SE 7 Update 4. At JavaOne in 2011, we outlined our
long-term roadmap for Java SE and JavaFX and we are working closely with the
Java community to meet our development milestones. With the upcoming Mac OS X
port, we look forward to delivering simultaneous releases of the JRE across all
major operating systems later this year, so all Java users will be able to take
advantage of the latest features and security fixes.
SE 7 Update 4 features include the next-generation Garbage Collection algorithm
Garbage First (G1). And Java SE 7 Update 4 is the first consumer release of the
Java 7 JRE that will be made available as the default version on Java.com.
Java SE 6u32 contains Olson time zone data version 2011l and bug fixes.
Oracle introduced Java SE for Embedded 7 Update 4 and Java SE for Embedded 6
Update 32. Java Standard Edition (Java SE) for Embedded Devices delivers a
secure, optimized runtime environment that is ideal for network-based devices.
Both releases include bug fixes.
JavaFX 2.1 release includes the JavaFX SDK for the Windows and Mac OS X
platforms. The JavaFX SDK provides the tools and technologies for developing
JavaFX applications with new features such as playback support for digital
media stored in the MPEG-4 multimedia container format containing H.264/AVC
video and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) audio. And among other new features,
make calls to Java APIs to offload specific operations to Java.