Dear Spring community,
It’s my pleasure to announce that Spring Framework 4.1.6 is available now. This is almost exclusively a bugfix release and therefore a strongly recommended upgrade for all current 4.x users. In particular, we recommend an upgrade from the superseded 4.0.x line as well.
Spring Framework 4.1.6 is also the first release to be formally compatible with the recently released JDK 8 update 40. Spring 4.1.x supports a wide range of Java runtimes now, from 2010-era JDK 6 variants up until the latest 2015-era JDK 8 offerings from Oracle and IBM.
On a related note, for Spring Framework 4.2, we’re even testing on early JDK 9 builds already. If you’re interested in how we go about supporting different JDK generations in one and the same Spring Framework generation, stay tuned for our upcoming blog post…