Go 1.8, the latest version of Google’s popular open source language, is now available.

Officially released Thursday, version 1.8 focuses on compilation, garbage collection, and HTTP support. “The compiler back end introduced in Go 1.7 [last August] for 64-bit x86 is now used on all architectures, and those architectures should see significant performance improvements,” said Chris Broadfoot on behalf of the Go team. “For instance, the CPU time required by our benchmark programs was reduced by 20-30 percent on 32-bit ARM systems.”

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