The special focus on security is a beneficial approach for Oracle. Security improvements are taking a higher priority than new functions and features. This is a wise strategic approach and am hopeful that security will be strengthened as a result
QUOTE: Security vulnerabilities related to Java running inside web browsers have lately received a lot of public attention. Here at Oracle we’ve mounted an intense effort to address those issues in a series of critical-patch update releases, the most recent of which we posted earlier this week. We’ve also upgraded our development processes to increase the level of scrutiny applied to new code, so that new code doesn’t introduce new vulnerabilities.
Looking ahead, Oracle is committed to continue fixing security issues at an accelerated pace, to enhance the Java security model, and to introduce new security features. This work will require more engineer hours than we can free up by dropping features from Java 8 or otherwise reducing the scope of the release at this stage. As a consequence of this renewed focus on security the Java 8 schedule, with a GA release in early September, is no longer achievable.