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Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in April 2014

Steven Chan
Senior Director

Microsoft LogoMicrosoft is ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014.  The official announcement is published here:

These products are certified for desktop clients accessing the E-Business Suite today.  Our general policy is that we support certified third-party products as long as the third-party vendor supports them.  When the third-party vendor retires a product, we consider that to be an historical certification for EBS.

What can EBS customers expect after April 2014?

After Microsoft desupports WinXP and Office 2003 in April 2014:

  • Oracle Support will continue to assist, where possible, in investigating issues that involve Windows XP clients or Office 2003.
  • Oracle's ability to assist may be limited due to limited access to PCs running WinXP or Office 2003.
  • Oracle will continue to provide access to existing EBS patches for WinXP or Office 2003 issues.
  • Oracle will provide new EBS patches only for issues that can be reproduced on later operating system configurations that Microsoft is actively supporting (e.g. Windows 7, Office 2010)

What should EBS customers do?

Oracle strongly recommends that E-Business Suite customers upgrade their desktops from Windows XP and Office 2003 to the latest certified equivalents.  As of today, those are Windows 7 and Office 2010. 

Certifications for Windows 8 and Office 2013 are still underway; you can monitor this blog for updates on those pending certifications.  EBS customers should avoid deploying Win8 or Office 2013 to end-users who depend on the E-Business Suite until these certifications are announced.

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Comments ( 4 )
  • Akira Ogawa Monday, November 25, 2013

    Hi Steven,

    I have a question. There will be no platform which is certified with the following development tools after WindowsXP is de-supported.

    1.OA Extension(JDeveloper)

    If we create add-on OAF page, we use JDeveloper 10g for EBS R12.

    But JDev 10g is NOT certified with above version of Windows XP.

    2.Workflow Builder

    If we create add-on workflow, we use Workflow Builder 2.6.3 for EBS R12.

    But WF Builder is NOT certified with Windows7. Only XP mode of Win7 is certified.

    Is there any certification plans ?



  • Steven Chan Monday, November 25, 2013

    Hi, Akira,


    There is a simple workaround that involves putting Windows 7 in Compatibility Mode to allow the installers for these older tools to install them onto Windows 7. Once installed, these tools work without issue.

    We’re working through this certification process for this configuration right now. We will publish the documentation that describes how to do this as soon as we complete our certification work. We will do this as quickly as possible.

    Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.



  • guest Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    Hi Steven,

    Microsoft will desupport WinXP in April 2014.

    Though I commented in the previous post, is there any news for OA Extension(JDeveloper) and Workflow Builder ?

    CANON, one of the most important customers for Japan, strongly requires any information as soon as possible.



  • Steven Chan Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Hi, Akira,

    Workflow Builder is already certified on Windows 7 and 8 today. See Note 277535.1 for details.

    We're still working out the details for OA Extensions for JDeveloper. Please monitor or subscribe to this blog; I'll post an update in a new article as soon as possible.



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