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  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Now Available: Oracle Mobile Approvals for iOS - Version 1.0.0

By: Vijay Shanmugam | Director

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Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite lets you respond on-the-go to your pending approval requests. From your phone, anywhere and anytime, take quick action on approval requests for expenses, requisitions, purchase orders, recruitment vacancies and offers, and more.

- Quickly filter approval requests by sender or subject
- Review at a glance header and line item details, action history, and comments
- Approve or reject with or without comments, or request more information

Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite is compatible with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 and 12.2.3 and above. To use this app, you must be a user of Oracle E-Business Suite, with mobile services configured on the server side by your administrator.

Availability

Client

Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite 1.0.0 is available on Apple's iTunes Store  for download.

This app works against Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and above and 12.2.3 and above.

Server

Oracle Mobile Approvals requires set up on Oracle E-Business Suite instance to support connections from the mobile app. Following patches are required to be applied.

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Additional Resources

Update

New versions of the smartphone app Approvals for EBS has been released. Refer to following posts.

Please go to the blog post for latest version of Approvals app and post your comments.

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Comments ( 78 )
  • guest Monday, August 11, 2014

    Hi,

    From the documentation, we get to know that the Mobile app should connect to Intranet URL only.

    Will we able to connect from outside office, say via Internet DMZ url?


  • guest Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Hello Vijay,

    How can we integrate other workflow approval notifications ? We would like to show all workflow approval notifications in the app.

    Thanks

    Abhi


  • Mehabub SHeikh Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Hi Vijay,

    Do wee need separate lisence to use these applications?

    Could you please provide any documenation for this licensing issue?

    Thanks,

    Mehabub


  • Vijay Shanmugam Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Ability to connect via DMZ is being certified. At this point we do not have the certification published.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Vijay Shanmugam Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Ability to integrate any Custom approval notifications to this app will be available in a future release. At this point only specific seeded approvals will be included into the app.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Vijay Shanmugam Thursday, August 28, 2014

    No additional license is required. You should be able to use this App with your existing EBS license.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • guest Monday, September 8, 2014

    Vijay,

    So the app can only be used when access to the internal url is available? Or is the internal URL just needed for first time setup?


  • Kavita Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Hi Vijay,

    Can you please let me know if in case we want to customise this prebuilt mobile approval app then what is the way to get the source code? Do we need to have a separate licensing for it apart from oracle E-Bushiness suit?

    Thanks

    Kavita


  • Vijay Shanmugam Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Kavita,

    At this point Approvals app is not available for customization. Work is in progress to make EBS mobile apps available for limited customization and enterprise deployment. A separate license may not be needed when it is available. Please continue to monitor the blog for announcement when it is available.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Carlos Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Exist the App for android??


  • Vijay Shanmugam Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Carlos,

    Approvals app for Android is in the works at the moment. Please continue to monitor this blog for announcement when it is released.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Himanshu Rao Thursday, January 1, 2015

    Is this developed using Oracle MAF/ADF Mobile?


  • Ram Friday, January 16, 2015

    Hi Vijay,

    We applied the pre requisite patches and also installed Oracle mobile approvals for ios in iphone but not all the options showing up.

    I can only see pending approvals or past approvals.

    I cannot see Requisitions, Purchase orders or expenses.

    Please advise.

    Thanks,

    Ram


  • guest Monday, January 19, 2015

    We installed the Approvals mobile APP but have following issues,

    1. Unable to see Purchase order lines information. It says "No Results Found"

    2. When I click spring board, I can only see following options

    a. Pending approvals

    b. Past approvals

    c. Settings

    d. About

    e. Sign out

    I'm not able to see "Purchase Requisitions", "Purchase Orders", "expenses". Why?

    Please advice.

    Thanks,

    Ram


  • guest Monday, January 19, 2015

    Vijay,

    Is there any information on when the Approval App will be available in other languages? Specificaly Canadian French.

    Thanks

    Steve


  • Vijay Shanmugam Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Ram,

    Please refer to MOS Note 1642423.1 - Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite Implementation Guide, Release 12.1 and Release 12.2

    1) If there are Purchase Requisition lines that you can see on the self-service notification, then you should see them on the mobile app too. If you have problems seeing the data on the app, then it could be an issue with the REST service deployment on your EBS env. To troubleshoot please use Appendix C: Testing Web Service Requests on the Server

    2) Please refer Appendix B.1: Troubleshooting Tips on the Mobile Client. The first item under Troubleshooting Tips provides the details for this issue.

    Symptom: Users do not find additional lists that they can add to the menu of the Approvals app.

    Root Cause and Solution: The issue could occur because those additional lists are not granted on the Oracle E-Business Suite side. Use the following steps to resolve the issue:

    An administrator should first grant those lists on the Oracle E-Business Suite side:

    a) Log in to Oracle E-Business Suite as a user with the Workflow Administrator Web Applications responsibility.

    i) Select Worklist Data Services Manager and List Management from the navigation menu.

    ii) Grant desired lists.

    iii) Ensure that the Approvals app users are valid Oracle E-Business Suite users.

    b) The app users then perform the following steps to add the lists to the menu of their apps:

    i) Log in to Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite.

    ii) In the menu, select the Settings and Navigation Menu.

    iii) Add the desired list to the navigation menu.


  • Vijay Shanmugam Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Steve,

    Translations for Approvals are planned for a future release. Oracle's revenue recognition policy prevent us to disclose dates or estimations for future enhancements.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Ram Talluri Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Hi Vijay,

    1. Unable to see PO lines in Mobile approvals APP

    As advised by you, I checked the self service notification but upon clicking the notification I'm getting the below error.

    oracle.apps.fnd.framework.OAException: oracle.jbo.SQLStmtException: JBO-27122: SQL error during statement preparation

    ## Detail 0 ##

    java.sql.SQLSyntaxErrorException: ORA-00904: "POH"."NOTE_TO_VENDOR": invalid identifier

    2. Unable to requisition and PO lists.

    ==>This is now resolved after providing the Grants from Worklist Data Services Manager and List Management

    Do I need to create the SR with Oracle support to get the first issue fixed?

    Thanks,

    Ram


  • Vijay Shanmugam Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Ram,

    Please create SR with Oracle Support for your issue related to PO lines.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Dave Friday, February 6, 2015

    Vijay,

    What seeded approvals are currently available in the mobile app? We are most interested in requisition and timecard approvals.

    Dave


  • Jamie Blowers Sunday, February 8, 2015

    Hello, when will the mobile approval app be available for Android?

    Thanks!


  • Vijay Shanmugam Monday, February 9, 2015

    Dave,

    Following seeded approvals are available in current release.

    1) Requisitions

    2) Expense Reports

    3) Purchase Orders

    4) Vacancies and Offers

    We are working to add more approvals in the next release.


  • guest Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Hi Vijay,

    Is OTL timcard approval mobile app avaialable? I don't see this on the list of approval apps. Thanks.

    Calvin


  • Vijay Shanmugam Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Calvin,

    There will not be a separate OTL Timecards Approvals app. The approval support will be added into E-Business Suite Approvals app itself shortly. In EBS the strategy is to have one single Approvals App to support all it's approvals.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Lbecessar Friday, February 13, 2015

    Hi Vijay,

    Any ETA on the Android versions?

    BTW this is some great stuff.

    Regards


  • guest Friday, February 27, 2015

    Hi Vijay,

    Can we use the EBS mobile API to create custom apps from scratch? I understand these are REST/XML model services. Is there any support document which lists these services for integration with custom apps?


  • guest Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    can we view the attachments in the Approval Apps?


  • Madhavi Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Vijay,

    Can the approval app support attachments? We have applied the required patches and i have submitted an expense report with attachment. I am not able to view the attachment from the approval app. Can you please comment on this?

    Thanks

    Madhavi


  • guest Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Hello,

    Android version of Approvals app is now available in Google Play Store. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oracle.ebs.atg.wf.Approvals&hl=en

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • guest Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Hello,

    EBS REST services will be exposed for general consumption in custom apps in a future release. It is not available at the moment.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • guest Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Madhavi,

    Approvals app does not support Attachments yet. It is in roadmap and will be implemented in a future release.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • guest Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Thanks for your reponse Vijay. I have one more question. Once we download the Oracle app we need be on company VPN to access the app. To avoid the VPN log in each time the App has to be used, We are trying to leverage on the Mobile irons mobile tunnel – the OIS Per app VPN integrated solution.

    The mobile tunneling is working for all other apps except for the Approval app. For internally deployed apps we have to go to Apple portal to specifically enable Per-app VPN. Can you please confirm if the approval app is enabled for per app VPN in the Apple portal.

    Thanks

    Madhavi


  • Rodrigo Baca Friday, March 20, 2015

    Hi,

    When will workflow approvals for General Ledger (journals), Project Accounting (pre-approved batches) and Fixed Assets (retirments) be available for online approvals via mobile app?


  • guest Friday, March 20, 2015

    Madhavi,

    We do not certify the E-Business Suite Mobile Apps with specific third-party VPN or tunneling protocols. If 3PAR is transparent (i.e. does not require code changes) to Oracle technologies it should work fine. On this case, it looks like there may be some restriction. I would suggest you contact MobileIron first to see if they certify their product with EBS Mobile Apps.


  • Max Arderius Friday, March 20, 2015

    Rodrigo,

    We are currently working with the rest of EBS teams to include more approval types into Mobile Approvals smartphone App.

    Due to revenue recognition rules, we can not disclose dates.


  • Solomon Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Please help,

    I have patched the Ebs 12.1.3 and configured the mobile approval for EBS but it keeps redirecting back to the logon page whenever i try to log onto the application

    Regards


  • Kuren Dhand Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Hi

    Is it possible to receive notifications on mobile devices from a custom workflow process that in turn is launched from a custom application registered within Oracle EBS. We have been trying to get this working without any success although we do see notifications on mobile devices from iProcurement.

    Thanks

    Regards

    Kuren


  • Vijay Shanmugam Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Right now only Oracle seeded item type and messages are supported in Mobile

    Approvals app. In a future release, you will be able to expose your Custom workflow item types and messages via Mobile Approvals app.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Chris Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    The link to admin guide is broken. Can this document be provided or an updated link?

    Thanks,

    Chris


  • Vijay Shanmugam Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    Admin Guide link looks good. In any case you can look for MOS Note 1642431.1.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Chris Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    This is what shows when I click the link for the admin guide.

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    Document cannot be displayed. Possible reasons are:

    The document id was entered incorrectly. Please check and try again.

    The document id does not exist (was referenced incorrectly).

    The document is not classified as publicly accessible ("non-public").

    The content is being updated and it is temporarily unavailable but will be made available again soon.

    If you still have questions about why you could not access this article or bug, please use Contact Us.

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  • Arun Friday, June 12, 2015

    Hi Vijay,

    We are trying to implement Mobile Approvals for Purchasing (PO, and Requisition) in our company. We applied the patches in test instance, and have tested. Have two specific questions, we are not getting clear cut answer from the SR we raised. If you could help, that will be great:

    1. In our instance, because of the large volume of customization, we have copied Req and PO seeded workflow, and have renamed them as custom WF name. We have set up the custom WF as the Approval WF for Requisitions and PO document types. Seems like in the mobile App, somewhere the WF names are hard coded with the seeded WF names. Because, the custom WF notifications are not coming up in the App. But, if we rename the custom wf back to seeded WF names like REQAPPRV and POAPPRV, the notifications is appearing in Mobile App!

    Is there a plan to look at the Document type set up while generating the notification instead of the seeded wf names hard coded ? If not, would it be possible to point to the code where this is hard coded so that we can look at customizing it ?

    2. We want to integrate the Mobile Approval login with SSO (Single Sign On). How can we achieve this ? We got some information mentioning the FND user password has to be synchronized with OAM. Is there a document or case study on how this is done by any chance ?

    We are stuck up in these points and our timeline is quite urgent for implementing this. Any help will be greatly appreciated !

    Thanks,

    Arun


  • Vijay Shanmugam Sunday, June 14, 2015

    Arun,

    Approvals app in the current releases is designed to work with seeded workflows only. The data for the approvals app is retrieved from underlying product tables by a new Workflow framework that consumes certain meta-data from the Workflow item type owners. This means, only those workflow item types that are configured in the workflow's framework will appear in Approvals app.

    Given this limitation, we completely understand the requirement to show custom approval types in the approvals app as well and we are working towards improving the Workflow framework and instructions for Customers to expose custom approval types.

    Can you please provide details of the customizations you have done to the approval types? Are their customizations to the approval notification attributes displayed to the approvers?

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Vijay Shanmugam Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Arun,

    About the SSO integration, please note that as long as your EBS users are synchronized with OID that your OAM server uses for SSO authentication, the mobile apps can work. Mobile apps invoke a Login service on the EBS, that internally validates username and password on the OID server (which is also used by OAM during SSO login).

    Please log a SR if your SSO username and password does not work from Mobile Approvals app.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Arun Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Hi Vijay,

    Thanks a lot for the update. Since our customizations were huge, we have copied the seeded WF and renamed them into custom WF names. For example, requisition approval workflow REQAPPRV was copied and renamed to XXXXXRQA. Same for PO also (POAPPRV -> XXXXPOA). There are many customizations (business validations) and approval list building changes in the custom WF. The approval noitifcation is also customized to a great extent. Meaning - the requisition approval WF OAF regions were changed to custom regions with extra fields, sub regions etc. PO approval notifications are changed to add few more extra attributes. Having said that, we are not really expecting the customized content to appear in Mobile App for now (we know that it is not that easy), but at least if the seeded content gets populated in Mobile app, for the notifications from custom WF, then we are fine with it. Else, our only option is to rename the custom WF back to seeded name, which creates a lot of problems with our codes.

    "This means, only those workflow item types that are configured in the workflow's framework will appear in Approvals app." - The framework configuration you mentioned here is something we can change ? Is it like a pl-sql package or OAF page which we can customize to add the custom WF name ?

    For the SSO integration, I think your point is that the FND user password should be synchronized with the OID password used by OAM server. Is that correct ?

    Regards,

    Arun


  • Vijay Shanmugam Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Arun,

    The framework where the workflow approval types are configured to be shown on mobile app is not yet available for customization. We are working to expose that framework to Customers in a future release. But we can try to work with you to experiment some options for the short-term. Can you email me directly and I would like to talk further.

    For SSO integration, is your EBS already setup with SSO using Oracle Access Manager? Are your existing EBS users connecting to EBS home page after SSO authentication? If YES for the 2 questions, then you already have the required setup. From the mobile app, the user would use the same username and password that they used to login to their EBS home page. Have you had problems with that?

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Arun Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Hi Vijay,

    Thanks ! Could you please let me know your mail id (Sorry, am not able to figure out from this blog) ? I will mail you separately with the details. Mine is arunkumarmg@gmail.com

    Thanks,

    Arun


  • guest Friday, June 19, 2015

    Hi,

    Please i realised that Mobile Approval for EBS doesn't retrieve all the pending approval notifications (wf_notifications). it only retrieves those where the TO_USER is the current logged on user, is there a way to modify this to also retrieve pending notifications where currently logged on position value is in TO_USER.

    Thanks

    Solomon


  • gaurav joshi Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Hi Vijay,

    Very informative blog for people who are looking for new mobile app rollout. I have a question here regarding SSO part.

    would EBS mobile app be able to get pass SSO authentication implemented by site minder other than OAM.

    we have our EBS SSO setup with siteminder not with OAM.

    Thanks,

    Gaurav


  • Simon Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    Hi Vijay,

    In August 2014 you wrote 'Ability to integrate any Custom approval notifications to this app will be available in a future release. At this point only specific seeded approvals will be included into the app.'

    Is there an update on when this will be available?

    Regards

    Simon


  • Mahesh Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Hi Vijay,

    We have customized the notification that the approver received. We added some custom OAF region and also modified existing OAF region to add new columns. Will the approval app show us the same workflow notification content as we see in EBS ? Will I see my custom changes ?

    Thanks

    Mahesh


  • Adnan Saturday, September 5, 2015

    Hi Vijay

    please I have a question:

    WE have EBS 12.1.3 we need applu mobile approval for absence

    User can connect outside the company, does he need connect from his phone over VPN then use the application ?

    my regards


  • Debarghya Thursday, September 10, 2015

    I have implemented the EBS R12.2.3 VM template image on Virtualbox. I'm very new to this technology. Can anyone help me to configure Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Applications on EBSR12.2.3 VISION. Appreciate your help.


  • Steve Friday, September 25, 2015

    My company utilizes custom approval workflows in eBS 12.1.3. We would very much appreciate a new version of this app that would be able to pick up our custom approval workflows. Would it possible to join a beta test group for this app?


  • Max Arderius Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Steve,

    We currently don't support custom approval workflows. This is a roadmap but unfortunately revenue recognition rules prevent us to disclose release dates. We have some plans in the roadmap but I'll be interested on hearing in more detail your requirements for custom flows. (For example create meta-data for custom approval notifications, ability to customize Oracle's meta-data, etc) If you have a detailed description please send it to me to max.arderius@oracle.com.

    Thanks!

    Max


  • Max Arderius Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Debarghya, this is probably not the best forum for VM issues. I would suggest you engage technical support for guidance.


  • Max Arderius Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Adnan,

    EBS Mobile Apps require either VPN (i.e. used by employees within an organization's firewall)or DMZ configurations (i.e. used by non-employees outside of an organization's firewall).


  • guest Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Mahesh,

    Mobile Approvals is only certified with standard approval types at the moment. We will analyze custom workflows for future releases.


  • Max Arderius Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Simon,

    Custom Approvals is still a roadmap item. We will announce it when ready.

    Thanks!

    Max


  • Ram Talluri Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Hi Max/Vijay,

    Can you please provide more information on DMZ configurations (i.e. used by non-employees outside of an organization's firewall)? Basically I want know the best settings through which we do not compromise on security.

    VPN method is obviously has more steps may cause poor user adaptability.

    Thanks,

    Ram


  • Max Arderius Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Gaurav,

    Identity federation, that is, allowing the use of credentials from partner applications, is not currently certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Applications.

    Thanks!

    Max


  • Max Arderius Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Solomon,

    You are correct. For security reasons, Mobile Approvals only shows the pending approval notifications for the current logged user.

    Showing other users is not in the scope of the app. I would like to hear more details on the requirements for this. Please send me more details to Max.Arderius@oracle.com. I would be interested which type of user would need to see other users notifications, which role in the organization would have and if that user only requires read access or full approval permissions. Please feel free to send more details.

    Thanks!

    Max


  • ROHIT Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    Hi,

    Could u suggest me how to define the inheritance set for the mobile approvals

    Thanks

    Thanks And Regards

    Rohit Rana Lakamsani


  • guest Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Hi Max

    Our application version is 12.0.4 , so all we need to activate this feature is to upgrade our Oracle applications to 12.2.3 or 12.1.3?

    and then apply the mentioned patches ?

    There is no any additional licensing costs or implementation required?

    Best Regards

    Hisham


  • SriHarsha Vadlamani Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    Hi Max/Vijay,

    Any update on the custom workflow approvals for the Mobile Approvals app in your recent upgrade?? If not can you let us know when can we expect this feature in the app?

    Thanks,

    Harsha.


  • Vijay Shanmugam Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    Rohit Rana,

    Please provide more details of the requirement related to inheritance set. This is not a feature I am familiar with for Oracle Workflow or Approvals at the moment. If you are talking about AME customizations, it is outside the scope of the Mobile Approvals App. It is handled at the workflow definition level.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Vijay Shanmugam Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    Hisham,

    You are right.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Vijay Shanmugam Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    Harsha,

    Custom workflow approvals support is not available in mobile release 4.0 that was announced in Oct 2015. It will be available in a future release, in the next 6 months to a year.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • JMB Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Hi team - I have just upgraded Outlook for Android V1.3.25. When I approve or deny my Oracle PO approvals, the reply email is not populated with To, From, Subject, body. What am I missing? Thank you in advance


  • guest Monday, December 28, 2015

    Hi

    Approvals doesn't work with mobie iron, this app is useless without mdm manage

    when we try the app with tunnel mobile iron it forward the traffic to an external dns

    bad app


  • Kuren Dhand Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Is there any update from Oracle as to when Mobile Approvals for custom workflows will be available?


  • Ali Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Hi,

    I am working on integrating EBS SSHR pages to mobile app all the approvels and notifications are going fine to the supervisors and they are able to approve all the notifications are going fine but problem is after final approvel the data should go to hrms per_perople_extra_info table it is also going fine but the WHO columns means created_by,updated_by are not updating, is there any code to add in my custome API please suggest.

    thanks

    Ali


  • Vijay Shanmugam Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Kuren,

    Adding custom approvals to mobile app will be available very soon. Please look for an update in this blog soon.

    Thanks

    Vijay


  • Vijay Shanmugam Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Ali,

    What EBS SSHR approvals are you using from Mobile Approvals? What custom code is being executed after approvals are submitted?


  • guest Monday, March 21, 2016

    Hi,

    What is the expected timeframe for availability of SSHR approvals in the Mobile app such as Absence request, Personnel Information etc.

    regards

    Dilip


  • Vijay Shanmugam Monday, March 21, 2016

    Dilip,

    We have now released a new version of Oracle EBS smartphone apps and corresponding server capabilities. Please refer to MOS note 1642423.1. This includes new approval types for Human Resources (absences and learning including class enrollments and certification subscriptions).


  • Steve Monday, March 21, 2016

    Did the latest release on 18 Mar include support for custom workflow approvals, or will that be included in a later version release?

    Thanks,

    Steve


  • Vijay Shanmugam Monday, March 21, 2016

    Steve,

    *Ability to add custom workflows is included in this release. The documentation corresponding to that is available at http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E26401_01/doc.122/e22011/T361836T660763.htm

    Please refer to MOS Note 1642423.1 for new features in this release.


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