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JRE 1.8.0_251 Certified with EBS Releases 12.2 and 12.1

Tahir Ahmad
Senior Director

Contributing Authors: Robert Farrington and Elke Phelps

We are pleased to announce that the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.8.0_251 (8u251) on the JRE 8 codeline is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.1 and 12.2.

This article answers some questions you may have on the subject.

Is it a requirement to use Java Web Start with this JRE update?

While it is not a prerequisite to use Java Web Start for this latest Java CPU, please take another note of our previous guidance about moving to Java Web Start right away, and particularly ahead of September 2020.
 
You should uptake this latest Java CPU regardless of whether you are currently using Java Web Start or Java Plug-in on your client tier.

Note:  September 2020 is an important deadline for you if you are still using the Java Plug-in. Oracle Java team's plans to continue shipping the components required to launch Java applets on Internet Explorer 11 using Java Plug-in, and Oracle E-Business Suite Support team's ability to help customers still using Java Plugin are confirmed only through September 2020. Beyond this date, it will be increasingly complicated to receive any new fixes for Oracle E-Business Suite issues specific to Java Plug-in.

How do I get support adopting this latest Java CPU?

If you are using Java Web Start and require assistance with applying this CPU, you can log a service request for assistance from the Java Support organization.

For those of you still in transition to Java Web Start, refer to the following in our recently published My Oracle Support note, FAQ: Essentials of Java Usage in Oracle E-Business Suite (MOS Note 2510500.1):

Where are the JRE 8 requirements for EBS documented?

Full requirements for using Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.2 and 12.1 with JRE 8 are listed in the following documents:

Are there special considerations for running JRE 8 on Mac?

JRE 8 can be used with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 and 12.1 on Mac. To see a list of browsers and JRE versions certified on different macOS versions, refer to:

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Comments ( 5 )
  • Benny Tate Monday, April 20, 2020
    Nice. Started using JWS about a year or so ago in order to use other browsers besides IE. Also nice to have multiple Forms windows open side by side for different responsibilities in same environment, etc.
  • Mariana Angelova Tuesday, April 21, 2020
    Hi Benny,
    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    I wonder whether you've found any workaround for avoiding the annoying default behaviour of MS Edge browser & Java Web Start any time a user needs to open a Form:
    "...
    5.A new browser tab opens and the downloaded frmservlet.jnlp is saved in the Downloads folder
    6.Click Open to execute the file frmservlet.jnlp..."

    This seems quite an obstacle for implementing the Java Web Start in our organisation.

    Thanks in advance
    Kind regards
  • Mariana Angelova Tuesday, April 21, 2020
    Hi Tahir,

    Thank you very much for the extensive & helpful update.

    I wonder whether introducing the new Microsoft Modern Edge Browser (featuring both the modern Chromium technologies and the Internet Explorer mode with a native experience) will have any impact on the user experience & support.

    Further I am very concerned about September 2020 as an important deadline.

    The annoying default behaviour of MS Edge browser & Java Web Start, any time a user needs to open a Form, is not acceptable and it's a huge obstacle for migrating to JWS at our company.

    Any advice?
    Thanks in advance
    Kind regards
  • Tahir Ahmad [Oracle Development] Thursday, April 23, 2020
    Hi Mariana,

    Thank you for your question. Since Microsoft Edge never supported the Java Plug-in, I assume below that you are looking at moving to Java Web Start *and* also switching to a different browser -- perhaps from Internet Explorer using Java Plug-in to Microsoft Edge using Java Web Start. With this assumption, let me clarify a few points:

    1. The guidance from our side is only to move to Java Web Start by September 2020. If timing is an issue, you can do so on Microsoft IE itself first (which still has a slightly better experience compared to Microsoft Edge, in terms of how Forms are launched under Java Web Start).

    2. Different browsers do behave slightly differently in terms of how they launch content delivered via Java Web Start. We have documented this in our MOS Note 2188898.1, and you correctly noted what we say about Microsoft Edge browser. While Oracle has little control over specifics of how different browsers launch Java Web Start content, I would encourage you to file an enhancement with the relevant browser companies. We are also pursuing this topic internally, but I don't expect a big change any time soon, so just want to keep the expectations real.

    3. Interaction between client side Java code and browsers is very different between the Java Web Start model vs the Java Plug-in model and therefore it does require users to make some adjustments. We think that for most EBS users, for most use cases, these adjustments are simple. Please do file an SR with EBS support if you have a specific use case where some users have to keep launching Forms all the time, resulting in a major productivity issue due to differences in the way browsers behave in the Java Web Start model.

    4. Please note that while we already certify the classic Microsoft Edge browser, we have not yet certified the new Microsoft Edge based on Chromium with Oracle E-Business Suite. In our internal testing so far, we see the behavior Java Web Start launching mechanism to be very similar between these two. We will announce our plans about the new Microsoft Edge based on Chromium on this blog once they are firm enough, so please be sure to subscribe to this blog so you will be notified when those updates are made available.

    5. We do not certify the Internet Explorer mode with Microsoft Edge.

    Hope this helps. Please let us know if we can help you with your projects in any additional way.
  • Tahir Ahmad [Oracle Development] Thursday, April 23, 2020
    Benny,
    Glad to hear that JWS is working well for you. Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know; we appreciate your feedback very much.
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