Java 8 will be late

According to Mark Reinhold, Java 8 will not be ready in September 2013. That’s because of man power needed to improve Java’s security:

[...] Maintaining the security of the Java Platform always takes priority over developing new features, and so these efforts have inevitably taken engineers away from working on Java 8. [...]
As a consequence of this renewed focus on security the Java 8 schedule, with a GA release in early September, is no longer achievable. [...]

A new targeted release date is currently not known, but Mark Reinhold estimates as follows:

[...] To settle on a new GA date for Java 8 requires a bit more planning work, but my expectation is that we’d be able to ship the release in the first quarter of 2014. [...]

There are currently no plans to discard additional features or add crazy new things:

[...] I think the least-bad option is this: Slip the schedule just enough to finish Lambda, and ship the release after it’s thoroughly reviewed and tested. [...]
This option would not open the gates for a flood of new features in Java 8, nor would it permit the scope of existing features to grow without bound. We’d likely add a select few additional features, especially in areas related to security. In general, however, we’d use the additional time to stabilize, polish, and fine-tune the features that we already have rather than add a bunch of new ones. [...]

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