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Microsoft Office 2013 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1.3

Steven Chan
Senior Director

[Nov. 11, 2014 Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Office Home & Student Edition is built on a different codeline that lacks the APIs that are needed for EBS integration. Article updated to exclude this edition explicitly.]

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2013  logoMicrosoft Office 2013 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.  For details, see:

Certified combinations include Office running in 32-bit and 64-bit modes.

EBS 12.1.3 + Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit)

Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 for the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows Vista 32-bit
  • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit
  • Windows 8 32-bit & 64-bit
EBS 12.1.3 + Microsoft Office 2013 (64-bit)

Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 through a 64-bit techstack for the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit

What about EBS 11i, 12.0, and 12.2?

 

The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit for Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.0.6 and 12.2.x is still in progress.

The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit  for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6 and 12.2.x is still in progress.

There are no plans to certify Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2.

When will the remaining combinations be certified?

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.   

How does the E-Business Suite work with Microsoft Office? The Oracle E-Business Suite is comprised of several product families such as Financials, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and so on.  These product families group together collections of individual products.  Some of these products may be optionally integrated with one or more Microsoft Office components such as Excel, Word, and Projects. Individual E-Business Suite product teams have the option of building integrations between their products and one or more Microsoft Office components.  This is not mandatory.  Over forty E-Business Suite teams offer these kinds of Office integrations today. Examples of these integrations include:

  • HRMS Payroll integrations with Microsoft Excel
  • Supply Chain Management Contracts Core integration with Microsoft Word
  • Financials General Ledger (GL) integration with Microsoft Excel
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Proposals integration with Microsoft Word
  • Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI)
  • Desktop Integration Framework
Which Office versions are certified? We explicitly tested the Office 2013 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests apply equally to the following desktop-installed editions:
  • Home & Business 2013
  • Standard 2013 
  • Professional 2013
  • Professional Plus 2013

Support implications: We will attempt to reproduce issues reported on these editions on our reference edition -- Office 2013 Professional.  Issues that cannot be reproduced will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  For example, issues that can only be reproduced on, say, Office Home & Student 2013 but cannot be reproduced on Office Professional 2013 will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:

  • SkyDrive-based documents
  • Office On Demand
  • Office Web Apps
  • Office 365
  • Office Home & Student RT
  • Home & Student 2013 (Known not to work with EBS)

What about OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice? We have no plans to certify the E-Business Suite with versions of OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice, or other equivalents.  

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Comments ( 39 )
  • Arty Borulia Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    Hi Chan,

    Great news... This mean that Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI) is certified now? Cause ,according the Is Office 2013 Certified for WebADI? (Doc ID 1528351.1) - its still not.

    Thanks a lot,

    Arty


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    Hi, Arty,

    Yes, this certification covers WebADI.

    Thanks for highlighting Note 1528351.1. You should always check the Certify database, since individual Notes may not be updated when new certifications become available. The referenced Note 1528351.1 is now outdated and will be withdrawn soon.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Mo Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    I understand that you support Office 2013 volume license bits.

    How about Office 2013 ProPlus? Office ProPlus is different bits that you obtain from Office 365 but it is totally offline bits just like the volume license bits. Any guidance?


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    Hi, Mo,

    As stated in the article above, we haven't tested any Office 365 editions. This includes any downloadable offline versions of Office 365. I can't comment on compatibility.

    Out of curiosity: our loose understanding of Microsoft's licensing terms are that enterprises get licenses for the fully-installable desktop versions of Office 2013 along with the licenses for Office 365.

    (This understanding may not be correct -- Oracle Development staff are not trained in Microsoft licensing terms. We're not even trained in Oracle licensing terms!)

    If you get a license for both Office 2013 and Office 365, can you explain why you'd use the latter?

    Please feel free to drop me a line with details about your organization's plans for Office 365. We aren't currently planning any certifications with that, but your feedback may be helpful in prioritization of future projects.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Hi Steven

    You don't mention r12.1.2. Does the certification for 12.1.3 infer 12.1.x as it is the end of the code line, or does 12.1.2 require separate certification? The certification database shows 12.1.2 certified only up to Office 2010.

    Regards

    Tim


  • Michael Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Hi Steven!

    Great news, we had problems with the Web ADI when we tested it with our EBS 12.1.3. Now that Office 2013 is certified with 12.1.3, do we need to apply any patches to make it work?

    Regards, Michael


  • Arty Borulia Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Hi Chan,

    Is there is any patch set that need to be applied on R12.1.3 to start working with WEB ADI and Office2013? (Like it was on certification of office 2010 - What are the Web ADI Requirements to work with Excel 2010? (Doc ID 1272346.1))

    Thanks a lot,

    Arty


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Hi, Arty,

    My apologies -- I forgot to include a reference to the following Note in my article:

    Microsoft Office Integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and R12 (Note 1077728.1)

    Please check that Note for all prerequisites for Office 2013 compatibility for all EBS products -- including WebADI.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Hi, Tim,

    This certification requires EBS 12.1.3. If you're on 12.1.2, you should make sure that you apply the EBS 12.1.3 Family Packs for the EBS modules you're using.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Hi, Michael,

    My apologies -- I'd inadvertently omitted the reference to the following Note:

    Microsoft Office Integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and R12 (Note 1077728.1)

    Please review this Note for the prerequisites for Office 2013 compatibility with all EBS products including WebADI.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Brent Green Friday, June 20, 2014

    In reviewing 1077728.1, I have noticed that there are no Office 2013 Configuration Requirements for Excel 2013 in Section 4. Do we follow Office 2010 users settings?


  • Tim Mervyn Friday, June 20, 2014

    Hi Brent,

    The Excel navigations and settings are the same in 2013 as they were in 2010. Well spotted. This is also now clarified in the document.

    Regards,

    Tim.


  • Brent Green Friday, June 20, 2014

    Thanks for the calrity

    Brent


  • Naeem Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Hi Steven,

    Office 2013 64bit mentions 64-bit techstack. Is this the APPS tech stack?

    Regards

    Naeem


  • Tim Mervyn Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Hi Naeem,

    In this instance we are referring to the 64-bit desktop techstack meaning 64-bit Office, 64-bit Browser and 64-bit Java releases.

    Regards,

    Tim.


  • Michelle Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Does the Office 2013 certification include BI Publisher, as well?


  • Steven Chan Friday, July 11, 2014

    Hi, Michelle,

    The Office 2013 certification covers all embedded EBS technology stack components. If you're referring to the use of BI Publisher within the E-Business Suite technology stack, then the answer is, "Yes."

    If you're asking about whether a standalone BI Publisher instance is certified with Office 2013 -- it depends on your BI Publisher release. You can look up your BIP release in the Certify database for the latest standalone certifications.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Joe Monday, July 21, 2014

    Hi Steven,

    We have a mixture of Office 2013 and Office 2010 users thoughtout our company (still in the process of rolling out 2013). Likewiese, we run version EBS 12.1.3

    Will installing the patch referenced in Note 1077728.1 have an effect on those users still running Office/Excel 2010 - specificially for WebADI journal templates?

    Cheers,

    Joe


  • Steven Chan Monday, July 21, 2014

    Hi, Joe,

    The latest Office interop patches to EBS server-side components are fully backwards-compatible with all certified Office releases on Windows desktop clients. These include Office 2013 as well as Office 2010.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Brent Green Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Since installing the patches in test pre-existing ADI templates are having issues "Document parameters cannot be validated. Recreate the document to regenerate correct values."

    Is this a known issue when it comes to Web ADI post patch?

    Do you have any suggestions to resolve this? I do not want to tell my client base that they are required to rebuild templates if avoidable.

    Suggestions? Anyone


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Hello, Brent,

    I'm sorry that you're encountering issues with this.

    This is unexpected behaviour. I'd like to ensure that one of our Web ADI specialists works with you to investigate this.

    Can you log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of them engaged?

    Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Brent Green Thursday, July 31, 2014

    SR Number is 3-9417345951


  • Brent Green Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    We have run into some Web ADI Issues:

    1. After applying patches it appears that header lines are protected in Web ADI Templates that are newly generated. Clients like to add Macros and cannot currently.

    Clients notes:

    "The range of cells outside of the journal lines and headers section can't be populated with anything. It is like they are protected yet the file does not seem to be protected in any way."

    2. An icon (circle with a shadow) appears in a column when inserting blank lines. (ie. in formula line at top of excel looks like a little m)

    Any suggestions or notes regarding these items?


  • Brent Green Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Just for clarity,

    Users like to add macros related to cells outside the header/journal line section which is protected and that is why thier macros will not work


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Hi, Brent,

    I'm sorry to hear that you've encountered an issue with this.

    We can provide general conceptual guidance here, but I'm afraid that this blog isn't the best place to get technical support for specific issues like the one that you're working through.

    Your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

    Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Hi Steve,

    We are also having the same issue as mentioned by Brent. We are unable to add any text messages outside the Journal Line section. The SR # is 3-9668540751

    Regards,

    Kiran


  • Robert Farrington Friday, October 3, 2014

    Hi Kiran,

    If you have an existing SR, your best plan is to follow up on it with the Support engineer who owns it, requesting escalation if you feel this is necessary.

    Regards,

    Robert Farrington.


  • Brent Green Friday, November 7, 2014

    Just so all know, we have been given resolution for my reported issue via an SR.


  • Brent Green Friday, November 7, 2014

    What office platform has verified, MSI install only? Is Office 2013 Pro Plus click to run install (click-to-run (App-V) version of office 2013) been verified?


  • Steven Chan Friday, November 7, 2014

    Hello, Brent,

    Glad to hear that your Service Request was resolved.

    We test with the MSI installed version of Office 2013 Professional Edition. We do not test with the Click-to-Run (App-V) versions of Office 2013 Pro Plus.

    Microsoft has informed us that the Click-to-Run (App-V) versions of Office Professional Plus are code-identical to the MSI versions. We have not verified this explicitly.

    If you encounter issues with the Click-to-Run (App-V) versions, please log a Service Request so that we can investigate. Issues that cannot be reproduced on the MSI install versions will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • guest Monday, November 24, 2014

    Brent,

    What was the solution given to you? We are hitting that too. We are going to create a service request later today, but in the mean time I'd like to hear the solution given to you.


  • Tom Mullen Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Steven,

    I just went to certify and 12.1.3 does not show up as certified.

    Displaying Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Certifications.

    Microsoft Office 4 Releases(2010,2007,2003,2000)

    Displaying Microsoft Office 2013 Certifications.

    Oracle E-Business Suite 3 Releases(12.2.4,12.2.3,12.0.6)

    Regards,

    Tom


  • Steven Chan Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Hi, Tom,

    That's puzzling. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. These certifications are definitely done, and it's unclear why they're not appearing in Certify.

    We're updating this once again. In the meantime, feel free to use this combination, which is documented in the Note listed above.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Ron DeLong Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Steven

    Thank you for all of your posts, time, and effort.

    Will this be a way that "notes" on the Items can be viewed and published both internally, and externally (in/outside the 'enterprise')?

    Thanks!

    Ron


  • Steven Chan Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Ron,

    Thanks for the feedback on our blog. Glad to hear that you've found it useful.

    I'm afraid I don't understand your question -- notably, what "this" refers to. Can you elaborate?

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Ron DeLong Friday, April 17, 2015

    Steven,

    Thank you again for taking the time. Sorry for the confusion.

    The situation is there are Suppliers, and Customers who need to access item definitions, etc... to keep them current. I was just trying to establish if MS Office provided any additional benefit over the standard API updates, other than the obvious MSOffice's wide acceptance and usage.

    Again, I appreciate your time. Take care,

    Ron


  • Steven Chan Friday, April 17, 2015

    Ron,

    I'm afraid that I'm still confused. I'm not a functional specialist (I'm a technology stack specialist), so I don't understand what you're trying to accomplish here. I'd recommend contacting your Oracle account manager if you need some help in choosing between standard EBS functionality, Web ADI, and custom functionality that you're considering building on the Microsoft Office platform.

    Regards,

    Steven


  • Naeem Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Hi Steven

    We have 8000 employees using office 365 and will be rolling to rest of the staff in due course. What are Oracle's plans regarding Office 365 certification?

    Regards

    Naeem


  • Steven Chan Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Hi, Naeem,

    "Office 365" encompasses a lot of different Microsoft products. Which ones are you planning to run?

    Regards,

    Steven


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