Technical Specifications for Java SE 7 and Java SE 8 Passed by JCP Executive Committee Vote

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Technical Roadmap Endorsed by All Major Java Players

Redwood Shores, Calif. – Dec. 7, 2010

News Facts

In keeping with its commitment to advance Java faster and to support standardization activities through the Java Community Process (JCP), Oracle announced that the Java Specification Requests (JSRs) for the next two releases of the Java Platform - JSR-336 and JSR-337 - have been formally approved by an overwhelming majority in the JCP Executive Committee vote.
With this ratification, the Java standard will progress through the JCP while the open source reference implementation will be delivered through the OpenJDK project.
The plan, which includes community feedback and is endorsed by the JCP Executive Committee, calls for standardization of these technologies in Java SE 7 within 2011, with Java SE 8 following in 2012.
Java SE 7 includes language changes for improved developer productivity, dynamically typed language support, and performance improvements.
Java SE 8 includes technologies in support of Java modularization and language enhancements for advanced multi-core support.

Supporting Quotes

“Oracle appreciates the efforts of the Executive Committee and the entire Java community in helping to make this important step forward for the Java Platform,” said Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java. "Oracle outlined a specific roadmap for Java SE 7 and Java SE 8 at JavaOne in September. We are pleased that the roadmap was ratified by the JCP Executive Committee. We see it as the next step in our delivering significant updates to the Java Platform and Language Specification."
“The JCP Executive Committee approval of the Java SE 7, Java SE 8, and component JSRs follows Oracle's recent announcements surrounding OpenJDK momentum with IBM and Apple participation,” said Adam Messinger, vice president, Oracle Fusion Middleware. “Together, these developments demonstrate a renewed energy behind Java and strengthen its future as the language and platform of choice.”

Java Facts and Figures

1.1 billion desktops run Java
930 million Java Runtime Environment downloads each year
3 billion mobile phones run Java
31 times more Java phones ship every year than Apple and Android combined
100% of all Blu-ray Players Run Java
1.4 billion Java Cards are manufactured each year

Supporting Resources

• Java Platform, Standard Edition (

• OpenJDK (

• JDK 7 Feature Roadmap (

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