Hi David & Richard,
*Per the JDK 16 schedule , we are in Rampdown Phase One* * .
*Please advise if you find any issues while testing the latest Early
* Schedule for JDK 16
o *2020/12/10 Rampdown Phase One*
o 2021/01/14 Rampdown Phase Two
o 2021/02/04 Initial Release Candidate
o 2021/02/18 Final Release Candidate
o 2021/03/16 General Availability
* Release Notes 
OpenJDK 16 Early Access build 28**is now available at
* Features - the overall feature set is frozen. No further JEPs will
be targeted to this release.
* Significant Integrations in b28:
o *Integrated JEP 396: **Strongly Encapsulate JDK Internals by
+ Strongly encapsulate all internal elements of the JDK by
default, except for critical internal APIs
<https://openjdk.java.net/jeps/260#Description> such as
+ Allow end users to choose the relaxed strong encapsulation
that has been the default since JDK 9.
o Integrated JEP 397: Sealed Classes (Second Preview)
<https://openjdk.java.net/jeps/397> with this release.
+ Enhance the Java programming language with sealed classes
+ Refines JEP 360 <https://openjdk.java.net/jeps/360> which
was delivered in JDK 15 as a preview feature.
* These early-access , open-source builds are provided under the GNU
General Public License, version 2, with the Classpath Exception
* Changes in recent builds that maybe of interest:
o Build 28
+ JDK-8256299: JEP 396: Strongly Encapsulate JDK Internals by
+ JDK-8166596: TLS support for the EdDSA signature algorithm
+ JDK-8256718: Old tracing flags are now obsolete and must be
replaced with unified logging
o Build 27
+ JDK-8159746: (proxy) Support for default methods
+ JDK-8254631: Better support ALPN byte wire values in SunJSSE
Project Loom Early-Access: *Build 16-loom+9-316
<http://jdk.java.net/loom/>* (2020/11/30) - based on JDK-16+25
* These early-access builds are provided under the GNU General Public
License, version 2, with the Classpath Exception
* These builds are intended for developers looking to "kick the tyres"
and provide feedback on using the API or by sending bug reports.
* Please send feedback via e-mail to loom-dev(a)openjdk.java.net
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