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Classic Navigation Support to be Discontinued

Matthew Haavisto
Product Management Director

PeopleSoft’s Fluid User Interface has been around for several years now.  It was first introduced with PeopleTools 8.54.  Fluid was created not just to support mobile users, but to bring the PeopleSoft user interface up to modern standards and make it more efficient and intuitive.  This has been successful.  Customers that have adopted the Fluid UI have reported great acceptance and benefits from deploying Fluid to their users.  Fluid has become the default mode for the PeopleSoft user interface, and so we are planning to de-support Classic navigation with the release of PeopleTools 8.58.

What Does this Mean?  

Customers will still be able to enable classic navigation if they choose, but PeopleSoft will no longer maintain it.  There will be no bug fixes or updates for Classic navigation features.  At some point, we may decide to remove Classic navigation from PeopleSoft completely.  For this reason, we strongly encourage the customers to move to and rely only on Fluid navigational mechanisms as soon as possible.

The following are features of classic navigation that will no longer be supported:

  • Breadcrumb feature found in portal header
  • Persistent Search Results presented through the breadcrumb feature
  • Any Classic Menu Pagelet typically found on Classic Homepages or Portal Templates
  • Delivered Portal Headers, Portal Templates, and Branding Themes that enable the breadcrumb feature or Menu Pagelet
  • Apps-Based Navigation (aka Smart Navigation – previously deprecated in PeopleTools 8.55)
  • Standard Navigational Pages (DFANs)
  • Custom Navigational Pages (CFANs)

It’s important to understand that most of these features have Fluid analogs, and customers can use similar concepts in Fluid.  For example, Navigation collections are easy to use and create in Fluid.

Classic Pages Are Not Going Away

Note that this doesn’t mean that Classic and Classic Plus pages are going away.  Some number of Classic pages will remain indefinitely.  However, the navigation used to reach all pages—including Classic pages—will be through Fluid navigation methods like Tiles, Home Pages, Fluid Navigation Collections, Global Search, and the Nav Bar.

What Should You Do?

Fluid is the default user interface, and it is turned on by default. If you are still presenting Classic navigation to your users, plan to make the move to Fluid with your next PeopleTools upgrade.  Take advantage of the wealth of Fluid material available on peoplesoftinfo.com.  There is guidance available not just on Fluid features, but on practices for design and deployment.  You can also learn from customer stories and how they were successful in moving to Fluid. 

Detailed documentation on the features being de-supported will be available with the PeopleTools 8.58 release.  However, you should not wait for 8.58 to plan your move to Fluid.

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Comments ( 4 )
  • Marcel Hoffs Sunday, June 30, 2019
    What about classic work centers?
  • Graham Smith Tuesday, July 9, 2019
    There are a few things that are Classic Portal related that are not mentioned in the list above.

    1) Pagelets that are not menu pagelets. I assume that "Any Classic Menu Pagelet.." means that all other Pagelet types are still supported) e.g. Pagelets with Query results (there is no Fluid equivalent of this powerful feature), Component pagelets, embedded Pagelets.

    2) Classic WorkCentres and Dashboards

    I'm going to assume that if it's not in the list of de-supported features then it will continue to be supported in 8.58.
  • Matthew Haavisto Wednesday, August 7, 2019
    Yes, classic workcenters and dashboards will continue to be supported. Same with classic pagelets. This only applies to the delivered nav pagelet.
  • Arvind Rajan Tuesday, October 1, 2019
    As a partner, as an ex-PeopleSoft employee and as a customer advocate for modernizing ERP, I believe this is a step in the right direction and will help customers take that leap of faith with Fluid UI if they haven't done so yet. We are helping our customers focus on getting more business value out of their PeopleSoft investments and Fluid UI is the foundation of the new paradigm that will define their success. I do, however, acknowledge, that there may be some technical challenges on a case-by-case basis for some customers as they move to Fluid but those can be handled effectively.
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