Java 8 Update 51 has been released and is ready for download and installation. If you already have Java installed in your system with automatic updates enabled, your Java updater would have probably updated the system to the latest version of Java. You can check the version of Java installed on your system by using the method we mention in this article below.
Although Java has been under attack by the hackers and crackers but Oracle is fixing its vulnerabilities and making it safe with each new version. Each new version of Java comes with new features as well as security fixes. It is always recommended that you always keep your system updated with the latest software installations.
The importance of Java can be determined from the following statistics:
97% of Enterprise Desktops Run Java
89% of Desktops (or Computers) in the U.S. Run Java
9 Million Java Developers Worldwide
#1 Choice for Developers
#1 Development Platform
3 Billion Mobile Phones Run Java
100% of Blu-ray Disc Players Ship with Java
5 Billion Java Cards in Use
125 million TV devices run Java
5 of the Top 5 Original Equipment Manufacturers Ship Java ME
The new Java introduces the following new and enhanced features:
Native Sandbox has been introduced which will let applications run in restricted mode. Native Sandbox is available in Windows only and is disabled by default. If you want to enable it, you can go to Java Control Panel->Advanced settings->Enable the operating system’s restricted environment (native sandbox).
Some bugfixes have been introduced in the latest release as well which includes new root certificates for Comodo, GlobalSign etc and removed some old root certificates making Java more secure.
There is a known issue in Java 8 Update 51 which will only affect Firefox 38 users. Java issue with Firefox 38, long delay with MyD loading.