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Dear Spring community,
It's my pleasure to announce that Spring Framework 4.1.4, 4.0.9 and 3.2.13 have been released just in time for New Year's Eve! These maintenance releases fix various minor issues and provide several minor improvements as well; please see JIRA for details.
Note that 4.0.9 is conceived as the last release in the 4.0.x line, concluding twelve months of active 4.0.x maintenance. We strongly recommend an upgrade to 4.1.x; your next maintenance release after 4.0.9 will be 4.1.5 which you need to be prepared to upgrade to.
Furthermore, please note that the 3.2.x line - and therefore the entire 3.x generation - is approaching its end of life in 2015. We are still committed to basic maintenance for critical issues; however, don't expect more than two or three further 3.2.x releases down the road.
The Spring Framework team is now working towards the 4.2 release, with a release candidate scheduled for early May and general availability planned for late June. You may look forward to annotation-driven application events, declarative HTTP caching, first-class support for Server-Sent Events in Spring MVC, data binding and conversion for JSR-354 Money & Currency, and many other new features... 4.2 will be designed as a straightforward upgrade from 4.1.x, with the same system requirements and general dependencies.
A Happy New Year,