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Dear Spring community,
I'm pleased to announce that after an intense release candidate phase, the Spring Framework 4.1 GA release is now available!
Our 4.1 generation delivers major new features along several themes:
And as always, 4.1 also comes with a lot of enhancements in the details, for example:
Many of those topics have been covered in recent blog posts already and will also be prominently featured at our SpringOne2GX 2014 show in Dallas next week!
We recommend an early upgrade since the 4.1 line is the primary maintenance branch now, immediately superseding the 4.0.x line. For a more conservative upgrade path, we have co-released 4.0.7 with 4.1 GA - as an intermediate step on your way to 4.1 proper.
Note that Spring Framework 4.1 does not raise the fundamental system requirements: It is still Java 6+, Servlet 2.5+, JPA 2.0+ as outlined for the original Spring Framework 4.0 release, which means it happily runs even on WebSphere 7!