Java 8, the next major update to the popular open-source programming language, is due to go live for everyone with a modern operating system, Oracle says.
The latest version of Java is the most recent version of the Java programming language and is based on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), which has been the backbone of Java since its inception in 1995.
Oracle is launching the Java 8 beta for all platforms, including iOS, Android, MacOS and Windows 10.
“Jav 8 will not only be a major update, it will be the most widely used Java programming version of all time,” Oracle Java VP Michael Blau said.
“We expect that over the coming weeks we will see the first wave of the public release of Java 8 on a number of major platforms, from Windows and MacOS to iOS and Android.”
In the past Oracle has rolled out Java updates to a number in-house to test the stability of its software.
Oracle has also released Java 8 to its Java SE platform, which is based in Sunnyvale, California.
“The Java 8 Beta will be rolled out on all major platforms as soon as the beta is released and will not be delayed in any way,” Oracle said.
The beta for Java 8 for iOS and for Android will be released next week.
Oracle said Java 8.0, a beta of Java 7, is “expected to be released on October 30, 2019, and will have full Java 8 functionality”.
Oracle has previously said that Java 8 was designed to make it easier for developers to write and deploy applications in a way that would be faster and more reliable.
“Java is used by millions of people around the world, but it is still not widely used.
That’s where the beta comes in,” Blau told the Australian Financial Review.
“A beta means that we have a chance to test a lot of the new features, bug fixes and new capabilities, and the public will have a lot to say about what’s in the beta version.”
Oracle is currently offering free Java upgrades to those who have an Oracle Java Account.
Java 8 and Java 7 were released in April 2018 and October 2016 respectively.
Oracle also said it was “actively exploring” Java 8’s potential as a commercial tool for developers.
Oracle Java is available for free through the Java Open Source Project.
“Oracle is actively exploring ways to support the commercial Java market and we look forward to working with our partners to provide these tools to those that need them,” Blucau said in a statement.