Oracle Database 21c and Express Edition (XE) Now Available on Windows

October 8, 2021 | 2 minute read
William Hardie
Vice President
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In addition to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Database Cloud (VM and Bare Metal) and Autonomous Database free-tier services, Linux and HPIA, Oracle Database 21c is now available for development and deployment on Windows - this includes the free edition Oracle Database 21c Express Edition (XE) on Windows.

Oracle Database 21c (21.3) is an Innovation release designed to help customers innovate faster with new and enhanced functionality for operational and analytical use cases that could benefit accordingly. New features in Oracle Database 21c include Blockchain Tables, Native JSON Datatype, SQL Macros, Oracle Machine Learning for Python, and in-database JavaScript execution. Customers should be aware that Innovation Releases have shorter support windows than Long Term Releases such as Oracle Database 19c. Customers adopting Innovation Releases should be prepared to upgrade to the next database release within one year after the next database release ships.  Oracle Database 21c for windows can be downloaded from here on, or via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. The free edition, Oracle Database 21c XE is available for download here.

New in Oracle Database 21c

In this short video, Oracle EVP Andy Mendelsohn outlines Oracle's multi-model and multi-workload converged database strategy, and introduces some of the latest innovations in Oracle Database 21c.


To Learn More

About the latest innovations in Oracle Database 21c - including how to try them out for yourself - be sure to check out the following online resources:

For the latest Oracle Database 21c availability on other platforms, check out My Oracle Support Document ID 742060.1 (login required). 

William Hardie

Vice President

William Hardie is Vice President of Oracle Database Product Management. He has been in IT for more than 30 years, and has specialized in relational database technologies for more than 25 years. William has worked with Oracle Database since version 5 and is a regular speaker at Oracle events and User Group Conferences. He is currently a member of the Quest Oracle User Group database technology advisory board.

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