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As far as I understood Apple provides only Java 6 for Mountain Lion.

Here I found how to install and use Java 7.

However I suppose that by installing Oracle Java it will not be update by means of the Mac App Store. How can I be sure that Oracle Java is always up to date, even better automatically (at least with a notification of "ready to update")?

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You may not have noticed it, but Oracle Java 7 installs a new item in System Preferences with a feature that automatically checks for updates by default, and prompts you to install them. Thus, this is taken care of.

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Thanks! I haven't noticed it! – Maverik Sep 19 '12 at 13:23
Does it automatically check as it just tells me the Java is out of date and press a button to update now – Mark Sep 24 '12 at 12:34
@WheatWilliams Does this update the Java Plugin for internet or also the Oracle JDK stored in /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/? The utility sais that I have Java 1.7 u9 while java -version sais Java 1.7.0_07-b10 – Maverik Oct 21 '12 at 12:08
Personally I don't understand the current confusion between Apple's release version of Java and the browser plugin, and the new independent Java release. Things seem to be in a state of flux. Can anyone explain the situation please? – user9290 Oct 21 '12 at 19:26

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