64-bit versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and 9 are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite. IE 64-bit will run the 64-bit JRE plug-in. You can deploy these 64-bit IE releases as desktop browser clients for your EBS 11i and 12 end-users running 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
How will this work?
By design Microsoft does not allow the 64-bit browser to be set as default on the desktop client. Launching IE from a 3rd party application will cause the default 32-bit version of the browser to open which is expected behavior.
For example: Report Manager users running drill down from Adobe Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Excel output will find that the Oracle E-Business Suite window will open using the default 32-bit browser.
The 32-bit and 64-bit stacks (Internet Explorer Browser and JRE plug-in) will run independently, from their individual homes, on the same Windows 7 (64-bit) desktop client. In certain circumstances this allows the use of two different plug-in versions (one 32-bit and one 64-bit) from a single desktop to the same or different Oracle E-Business Suite environments.
The 64-bit JRE does not currently include an automatic update facility. Upgrading the 64-bit plug-in can be done with a download from the EBS web server or via manual download of the 64-bit Windows version to the desktop.
What about Microsoft Office?
At this point, we have certified the following configurations:
All three combinations are currently certified only with 32-bit Microsoft Office versions. We have plans to certify 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office. We're focussing on getting EBS 12.2 completed right now, so we'll revisit our 64-bit Office integration points when the former is completed.
In the meantime, we could use some feedback from you. I'm very curious about your business case for deploying 64-bit versions
instead of 32-bit versions. Why do your users need the 64-bit versions? If you're interested in 64-bit versions of Office, please drop me a line (or post a comment here) with details about the 64-bit Office version that you intend to deploy.
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