Oracle has released an upgrade for its Java platform which includes a pair of products for the Mac OS X platform.
The company said that its Java SE 7 Update 4 release would bring a number of performance and stability updates as well as a set of developer and enterprise tools, including full support for Oracle's Fusion Middleware platform.
Among the new features in the update is a garbage collection algorithm for developers which will extend to large-scale applications.
The release also marks the first official consumer version of the Java 7 Runtime Environment (JRE.)
The JavaFX 2.1 release will bring improved video support as well as new display options and improved support for rich client applications.
For OS X users, the release will bring about the first Mac versions of both the Java Development Kit and the Java FX Software Development Kit.
Oracle said that with the release, combined with the planned consumer release of JRE for OS X, the company is moving forward with plans to sync both the Mac and Windows versions of Java.
“Oracle has aggressive plans for Java over the next few years and we are continuing to drive technical advancements across the platform," said Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java product senior vice president Hasan Rizvi.
"With the upcoming Mac OS X port, we look forward to delivering simultaneous releases of the JRE across all major operating systems later this year, so all Java users will be able to take advantage of the latest features and security fixes."
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