Among the new F2008 features are:
- Pointer initialization
- Implied-shape PARAMETER arrays
- Extend EXIT statement to all valid construct names
- Support BIND(C) in internal procedures
There is also new support for OpenMP 4.5 features, an option to align the code for loops and more.
A significant change in this release is that the default for intrinsic assignment to allocatable arrays is now to do the automatic (re)allocation if necessary, as specified by the standard. In past releases you needed to specify the -assume realloc_lhs option to get this behavior. In some applications the additional checking may affect performance - you can revert to the previous behavior by specifying norealloc_lhs or the new option -nostandard-realloc-lhs.
Another change is to correct and make consistent how the compiler treats nonstandard conversions between numeric and LOGICAL types. Please see the release notes for more details.