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The Platform will reach the end of its supported life on 9 April 2019. Maintenence releases of both the Brussels and Cairo lines will continue to be published up until that time. Users of the Platform are encourage to start using Spring Boot’s dependency management directory, either by using
spring-boot-starter-parent as their Maven project’s parent, or by importing the
Spring IO is a cohesive, versioned platform for building modern applications. It is a modular, enterprise-grade distribution that delivers a curated set of dependencies while keeping developers in full control of deploying only the parts they need. Spring IO is 100% open source, lean, and modular.
One platform, many workloads - build web, integration, batch, reactive or big data applications
Radically simplified development experience with Spring Boot
Production-ready features provided out of the box
Curated and harmonized dependencies that just work together
Modular platform that allows developers to deploy only the parts they need
Support for embedded runtimes, classic application server, and PaaS deployments
Depends only on Java SE, and supports Groovy, Grails and some Java EE
Works with your existing dependency management tools such as Maven and Gradle
The Spring IO Platform is certified to work on JDK 7 and 8 
1. While the Spring IO Platform supports JDK 7 and 8, many individual Spring projects also support older JDK versions. Please refer to the individual projects' documentation for the specific minimum requirements.
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