Java 8 refers to the newest version of the Java platform.
The most important change in the new version is the support for lambda expressions, under Project Lambda. This is the driving new feature of Java 8.
Other features include:
- a new Date & Time API
- a standard API for performing Base64 Encoding / Decoding
- stronger integration with JavaFX
- Annotations on Java types
Java 8 has been released in March 2014.