Oracle elaborates on end of Windows XP support for Java

Oracle elaborates on end of Windows XP support for Java

Summary: A statement by an Oracle executive affirms that Java 7 and updates to it should continue to work on Windows XP. Java 8 is a different story.

TOPICS: Security, Oracle

In a blog entry, Oracle Vice President for Product Management at Java Henrik Stahl has attempted to clarify the company's plans for support of Java on Windows XP systems.

The blog is in response to our article and those of others referring to a low-key announcement by Oracle of the end of support for Java on Windows XP.

Stahl first dismisses any claims that "Java no longer works on Windows XP" or "Oracle will stop Java updates from being applied on Windows XP." He goes on to say that the company "...expect[s] all versions of Java that were supported prior to the Microsoft de-support announcement to continue to work on Windows XP for the foreseeable future." The "Microsoft de-support announcement" refers to Microsoft's end of support for Windows XP as of April, 2014.

While they expect Java 7 to continue to work on Windows XP, they do not commit to fixing problems on that configuration. If a customer reports a problem that " specific to Windows XP, Oracle is not required to (and may be unable to) issue a patch or a workaround."

Java 8, on the other hand, is not designed even to install on Windows XP. The installer for the developer releases of Java 8 will not run on it, Stahl says, "without manual intervention." According to Wikipedia this means "directly unzipping from the installation executable." Stahl says that the company may or may not fix this. Java 8 for end-users (the JRE or Java Runtime Environment) is not yet available.

In both the initial statement and Stahl's blog, the company urges users still running Windows XP to upgrade to an operating system that is currently supported.

Topics: Security, Oracle

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  • Java + XP. A match made in hell?

    With the number of security exploits targeting Java, it can stay on XP. I refuse to install it on any recent systems unless they're locked-down VM's designated for running Java applications. It's no wonder Android is such a mess of malware.
    • Huh?

      It's the Java browser plugin and not Java that has the remote exploits the same as any other plugin that allows code execution. That doesn't apply to most uses of Java or Android.
      Buster Friendly
    • Laughable

      Nothing in this article has anything to do with Android, the most popular OS on the planet and growing. Even where Oracle's JVM is an issue (and it isn't even present in Android) it has far more uses than in applets embedded in HTML pages - which is where the serious security issues come in. I doubt even Oracle advocates that use of Java any more.

      Wake up, it isn't 1998.
      • So is that

        That fanboy spin is also laughable.
        Buster Friendly
    • Biting the Apple fruit?

      Android isnt that bad, I have never had a malware issue on any of my Android devices. There is no such thing as an unbreakable system. Even OSX has it's security issues. You might not know what they are, and you may continue to live in ignorance of this, but this means that someone will start developing malware for OSX specifically. Remember an Operating System is only as secure as its users.
      John Dwyer
  • Oracle seems to be in competion with Adobe

    For the title of "Most Annoying Company Not Named Microsoft."