JDK 8 is the second part of Plan B. The single driving feature of the release is Project Lambda. (Project Jigsaw was proposed for this release but later dropped). Additional features proposed via the JEP Process were included, so long as they fit into the overall schedule required for Lambda. Detailed information on the features included in the release can be found on the features page.
Schedule and status
The original schedule aimed to ship the release in early September 2013, but due to the recent focus on browser-related security issues that date was not achievable. The new schedule, proposed on 2013/4/18 and adopted on 2013/4/26, is as follows:
2012/04/26 M1 2012/06/14 M2 2012/08/02 M3 2012/09/13 M4 2012/11/29 M5 2013/01/31 M6 2013/06/13 M7 Feature Complete 2013/09/05 M8 Developer Preview 2014/01/23 M9 Final Release Candidate 2014/03/18 GA General Availability
EA binaries built from the JDK 8 code base are available today from Oracle.
Links to EA binaries from other vendors will be listed here when they become available.
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