Another update has been released regarding the development of JDK 8 last January 13, 2014 by Mathias Axelsson, Oracle JDK 8 Release Manager. According to his post on a Java mailing list, they will have the JDK 8 release candidate built before the January 23 deadline and have it shipped on March 18.
Axelsson said that they have been doing a lot of bug fixing to be able to have a release candidate on the last week of January. For JDK 8’s initial release, they are going to prioritize to fix the showstopper bugs. Non-showstopper bugs’ fixes will be postponed to keep track of its schedule. According to Axelsson, “We have a few fixes that are pending integration but overall things are looking very good and we’re on-track to have the release candidate built before the January 23 deadline.”
He also mentioned that they are making minor changes to the build promotion schedule as the deadline of final release candidate approaches. They will complete the promoted build on January 16 in accordance to the build schedule. Builds will be done on the request according to what fixes have gone in after January 16. “We’re making this adjustment to keep the turnaround time as short as possible if we have to take a fix and respin,” Axelsson added.