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Java 16 will be released in March 2021. It is not an LTS release and will be obsoleted at the release of Java 17 in September 2021.

This is probably the last release in which preview features could be introduced in time for their inclusion in Java 17, the next LTS release.


Page last updated: 2020-10-15, EA 19


  • 2020-12-10 Rampdown Phase One
  • 2021-01-14 Rampdown Phase Two
  • 2021-02-04 Initial Release Candidate
  • 2021-02-18 Final Release Candidate
  • 2021-03-16 General Availability


Selected Changes Targeted to Java 16

Proposed to Target Java 16

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