we're going to start using Java 8 as a target platform for IntelliJ platform classes soon. This will mean that users won't be able to start our IDEs
under JDK versions older than 8. And this will also mean that plugin writers will be able to use Java 8 features in their plugins.
Current versions of plugins (compiled under Java 6) will continue to work after the transition provided that they are compatible with new IDE builds,
but in order to compile a plugin sources against a new IDE you'll need to use Java 8.
The change will affect 'master' branch (144.* builds) and the next major releases of IntelliJ products in spring, 2016. The bugfix updates (143.*
builds) will remain compatible with Java 6.
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