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When will users be encouraged to update to Java 8

Derik Davenport
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Over the last few weeks all my computers have been slowly updating from 7u51 to Ju55. According to Java.com the "recomended version of Java" is version 7u55.

It seems that all application development designed for public distribution must be Java 7 only.

When will users be encouraged to update to Java 8?

Luan Cestari
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If you are just a user, doesnt do anything with development and stuff like that, you could wait more few months. I think 6 months is enough time to most of issues to be fixes. But in the same time, if nobody gives a try it can take longer. Using this graph as reference http://ondigitalmarketing.com/textbook/files/2012/01/640px-Diffusionofideas.png I think we are already in early majority. My technical opinion is that you will not have any issue changing to Java 8, there changes weren't so big as it was from java 6 to java 7. There will be probably soome big change in next major release (java 9), but that is another thread =)


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Winston Gutkowski
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Derik Davenport wrote:When will users be encouraged to update to Java 8?

Simply put: when the patches (if needed) die down; which usually takes a few months.

As for yourself, for use at home, and to play with? Get it NOW.

Saying that, I have to admit, I haven't yet, but plan on doing so in the next few weeks.

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Luan Cestari
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In summary, I would also say to you to install (I was testing Java 8 since alpha release from last year). I saw some benchmarks for user which got like 20% better performance playing minecraft
Ulf Dittmer
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Using this graph as reference http://ondigitalmarketing.com/textbook/files/2012/01/640px-Diffusionofideas.png I think we are already in early majority.

If the auto-update mechanisms still pushes Java 7 updates -as Derik said- I rather doubt that as far as the user population at large is concerned. "Innovators", more likely - developers and other techies.


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