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Free Java Update 8

Version 8 Update 40

Release date March 3, 2015

Your system currently has an older version of Java and you are receiving this update notification because a newer version has been automatically detected.

Oracle strongly recommends that all Java SE 8 users upgrade to this release.

Please install this free Java Update by clicking on the Update button on the Java Update window.


Installing this update will ensure that your Java applications continue to run as safely and efficiently as always.


Release Highlights

  • IANA Data 2014j
    JDK 8u40 contains IANA time zone data version 2014j. For more information, refer to Timezone Data Versions in the JRE Software.
  • Bug Fix: Modernizing the JavaFX Media Stack on Mac OS X. An AVFoundation based player platform is added to JavaFX media. The old QTKit based platform is now removable for Mac App Store compatibility. See 8043697 (not public)
  • Bug Fix: Java Access Bridge can be enabled from Control panel for 32 bit jres. Previously the "Enable Java Access Bridge" check box got removed from the Java Control Panel with 64 bit jre uninstall even when 32 bit JRE was still present on the system. Starting with JDK 8u40 release, the "Enable Java Access Bridge" checkbox is retained, at Control Panel -> Ease of Access -> Ease of Access Center -> Use the computer without a display, if a 32 bit jre is present. So, a user can enable Java Access bridge via control panel for See 8030124.
  • Developers: See JDK 8u40 Features and Changes
Java Expiration Date

The JRE expires whenever a new release with security vulnerability fixes becomes available. Critical patch updates, which contain security vulnerability fixes, are announced one year in advance on Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin. This JRE (version 8u40) will expire with the release of the next critical patch update scheduled for April 14. 2015.

For systems unable to reach the Oracle Servers, a secondary mechanism expires this JRE (version 8u40) on May 15, 2015. After either condition is met (new release becoming available or expiration date reached), Java will provide additional warnings and reminders to users to update to the newer version.


Related Information

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» Detailed technical information about this release can be found in the Java 8 Release Notes.
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