We talk to lots of people every week, ranging from analysts and press to prospects and customers, and there’s one thing that almost everyone has in common — they are still surprised that free Java 8 security updates aren’t available every quarter from Oracle.
Java updates have been released on roughly the same quarterly cadence for many years. A new major release would get announced, a few brave souls would adopt it immediately, and most Java shops would wait at least a year to 18 months for the release to “stabilize” and get production-ready. Then, they would cautiously start to move their applications to the new release, finishing the migration while the prior version of Java had a couple of years of life left in it.
That approach worked for every major release of Java including Java 8, until January 15, 2019 rolled around.
That was the last day that Oracle made free Java 8 security updates available. When it was time for the next quarterly update, on April 16, the only free updates Oracle posted were for Java 12.
Of course, you could (and can) can still buy support from Oracle. And once you have a Java support quote from Oracle, we invite you to talk to us.
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Key Oracle announcements regarding Java 8 support: