Dear Spring Community,
I am happy to announce the newest release 2.8.1 of the SpringSource Tool Suite (STS).
Many of our users were facing severe problems with the upgrade of the Maven Integration for Eclipse to m2e 1.0 that we proposed with STS 2.8.0. We have listened very carefully to your feedback and we apologize for this inconvenience. As a result, we are shipping this new maintenance release 2.8.1 of the SpringSource Tool Suite to you.
STS 2.8.1 is now compatible with the new Maven Integration as well as the old one. So updating your existing STS 2.7 or 2.8 version to STS 2.8.1 doesn't force you to also update the Maven Integration. Instead you can switch to the new Maven integration whenever you want - and even switch back to the old integration, if the new one doesn't work out for you. We tried to automate this up- and downgrading of the Maven Integration as much as possible with two new items on the Dashboard. Please find more details in the New & Noteworthy and the updated m2e FAQ forum post.
The ready-to-use packages are, as usual, on the STS download pages. They contain the new m2e 1.0 version, but you can easily switch them back to m2eclipse 0.12 using the Dashboard items, if you like.