Java SDK for Semantic Kernel 1.0.0-rc2 Released – Add AI capabilities to your Java app today!

Martijn Verburg

Hello Java developers!

On the 19th of July 2023, we announced the first public alpha release of the Microsoft Semantic Kernel for Java. Today, we are thrilled to announce 1.0.0-rc2 as our first public Release Candidate of the Microsoft Semantic Kernel for Java! This Java library opens new developer possibilities by seamlessly integrating AI services like OpenAI and Azure OpenAI with conventional and Java idiomatic programming. Now, it is much easier to enhance existing code (business logic) with AI!

What is Semantic Kernel for Java?

Semantic Kernel for Java is an open-source library that empowers developers to harness the power of AI while coding in Java. It is compatible with Java 8 and above, ensuring flexibility and accessibility to a wide range of Java applications. By integrating AI services into your Java projects, you can unlock the full potential of artificial intelligence and large language models without sacrificing the familiar Java development environment.

What happened to 1.0.0-rc1?

Due to some temporary build pipeline failures, we effectively discarded the first Release Candidate and so 1.0.0-rc2 is the first public Release Candidate.

Open Source and MIT Licensed

We proudly share that the Semantic Kernel for Java is an open-source project. It is released under the permissive MIT license, giving you the freedom to explore, modify, and contribute to the SK. You can find the source code on GitHub at: microsoft/semantic-kernel at java-v1. We welcome your contributions to help shape the future of this project.

NOTE: For this release candidate the source branch is java-v1.

Easy integration with Maven and Gradle

You can find the 1.0.0-rc2 release on Maven Central. This means you can easily add the SK as a dependency to your Maven or Gradle projects. Refer to our samples folder for instructions on the artifacts, their coordinates, and how to add SK to your project.

Samples to get you started

We understand that new technology can be daunting, but fear not! We have provided a repository of samples to help you quickly grasp the potential of Semantic Kernel for Java. Explore the sample code at: and learn how to incorporate AI services into your Java applications effortlessly.

Join us on Discord

We are currently in the Release Candidate phase. We encourage you to try the library, provide feedback, and report any issues. Your input is invaluable to us in refining the API and its features.

We have set up a Discord channel to foster collaboration and discussions among developers. Join us at to interact with other enthusiasts, ask questions, share insights, and be a part of this growing community.

Furthermore, on our Discord channel, you can also learn more about the project’s roadmap, what is coming next as we progress in implementing more features and talk directly with engineering team members.

Start your AI-Java journey today!

If you have ever dreamt of combining the power of AI with the reliability of Java, your dream has now become a reality. Begin your AI-Java journey by exploring the SK, contributing to the project, and engaging with the developer community. Together, let us unlock the endless possibilities at the intersection of AI and conventional programming.

So go ahead and get started today with Semantic Kernel for Java.

Happy coding and happy AI experimenting!

Microsoft Semantic Kernel for Java Team


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