Block Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 for EBS Users

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[Oct 6, 2009 Update: IE is certified with EBS 11i; see this article.]

[Sept 11, 2009 Update: IE8 is certified with EBS 12; see this article]

Brace yourself: another browser is coming.  It looks like Microsoft is gearing up for an imminent release of Internet Explorer 8.  Neither Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i nor 12 have been certified with IE8 yet.  Our latest tests of the IE8 Release Candidate drops have shown that there are a number of important compatibility issues that need to be resolved.

How Will IE 8 Be Rolled Out?

Microsoft plans to update IE8 via Automatic Update, Windows Update, and Microsoft Update sites in the same manner as their rollout of IE7.  Microsoft states:

IE8 will be available for users on the following platforms:

  • Windows Vista 32bit and 64bit
  • Windows XP SP2 and above
  • Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 SP2 and above

The IE8 update will be released as the highest priority update for each operating system. For Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, it will be listed as Important. For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, the update will be listed as High Priority. Delivery of IE8 via AU will begin after we make IE8 available from the Microsoft Download Center.

Microsoft has just announced that they've made the IE8 Blocker Toolkit available to desktop administrators.  The IE8 Blocker Toolkit allows desktop administrators to prevent end-users from being automatically upgraded to IE8.  For full details, see:

IE 8 Compatibility Issues Exist with the E-Business Suite

For emphasis, I'm going to repeat that neither Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i nor 12 have been certified with IE8 yet.  Our latest tests of the IE8 Release Candidate drops have shown that there are a number of important compatibility issues that need to be resolved.  In other words, if your EBS end-users upgrade to IE8 before these compatibility issues are fixed, they will experience issues with Apps 11i or 12.

Therefore, it is imperative that your Apps users stay on IE7 until we announce our certification of IE8 with the E-Business Suite.

What If You Upgrade to IE 8 Before It's Certified With Apps?

If you don't need to access Apps 11i or 12, there won't be any problems with upgrading to IE 8.  If you attempt to access the E-Business Suite, you will experience compatibility issues with IE8.

For now, Oracle Support engineers will try to reproduce any reported IE compatibility issues with IE 7, not IE 8.  If issues can be reproduced with IE 7, then Oracle Support will provide a workaround or log a bug, as appropriate.

If you experience issues that can only be reproduced on IE8, you will be advised to downgrade your browser to IE7 if you need to access the E-Business Suite.

Outlook for IE8 + E-Business Suite Certification

We've been working with the IE8 Release Candidates already, but there are some issues that have been slowing this browser's certification with both Apps 11i and 12.  Internet Explorer 8 changes its rendering and handling of web pages in a number of important ways.  This directly affects its E-Business Suite compatibility.

Perhaps more importantly, our extensive set of automated regression tests for the E-Business Suite are built with HP Mercury WinRunner, which is not compatible with IE8.  This means that all of our E-Business Suite products need to be tested with IE 8 manually, instead of with our automated testing tools.  These manual tests will take more time to complete, naturally.

I don't have firm schedules for our IE8 certification yet. You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.

Which JRE Versions Are Certified With Which Browsers?

This depends on your Windows operating version and the browser that your firm has deployed. Various combinations of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 6 and 7, and Firefox are now certified with JRE 1.5 and 1.6. To review the new minimum certification levels, see:

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Comments:

Pardon me for put a comment here, but instead of always IE and Microsoft Windows, why don't Oracle certified linux desktop to access Oracle E-Business Suite and fix firefox add on before R12.1? I'd been asked several times that question and always felt dumb because all I can answered was that's a question beyond my authority to answer. Thank you

Posted by Yudi on January 07, 2009 at 10:15 AM PST #

Hello Yudi,

There is a discussion about Linux Desktop Certification at http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2007/07/linux_clients_for_the_ebusines.html

If you have any clients asking for Linux Desktops then please go ahead and email Steven Chan the details, as mentioned in the above article

regards

Mike

Posted by Mike Shaw on January 07, 2009 at 04:00 PM PST #

Thanks for the heads up. I'm sure it won't be long before I get some "helpful" end user testing of IE8. We will get a warning out!

Posted by Jim Collison on January 08, 2009 at 01:00 PM PST #

Windows 7 comes with IE8, has Oracle started testing with IE8 on Windows 7 Beta 1 Build 7000? Best to test and fix minor things now than to procrastinate and wait until the Win7 Release Candidate(RC) and Final/Gold release. Then when Win7 Final/Gold release comes, test and fix all the major bugs and regressions.

Posted by Windows 7 on January 09, 2009 at 08:44 AM PST #

We've got plans to certify EBS with Windows 7. I'll publish updates as soon as possible.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 12, 2009 at 07:22 AM PST #

does XP/Vista matter when running EBS on IE6/IE7????
Is ther a certification web site for this info

Posted by Tikey on January 14, 2009 at 02:05 AM PST #

Hi, Tikey,

It's always important to check that your intended end-user environment (i.e. a particular combination of browser and desktop operating system patch level) is certified. So, yes, it matters.

This article has pointers to the Notes that describe the certified combinations:

New Sun Java JRE Plug-In Certification Policy for Apps 11i & 12 - http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2008/03/new_sun_java_jre_plugin_certif.html

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 14, 2009 at 05:54 AM PST #

Thanks Steven for the updates, I have informed the same in our office and advised them to download the IE8 Blocker.

We will advise our clients on the same too.

Regards,
Jithendra

Posted by Jithendra on January 14, 2009 at 07:54 PM PST #

Hi,

I found oracle 11i working fine with IE8.

Any comments.

Posted by ibnhussain on February 21, 2009 at 01:15 PM PST #

Ibnhussain,

I'm glad to hear that your preliminary tests are working.

There are issues launching Forms-based EBS products with IE8. Web-based products (e.g. iExpenses, iProcurement) appear to be compatible with IE8RC1 at this point.

We're debugging the Forms-launching issue right now.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 23, 2009 at 04:14 AM PST #

Steven,
With IE8 going public last week, do you have an update on this? Should we still be blocking it?

Jim

Posted by Jim Collison on March 26, 2009 at 12:40 AM PDT #

Hi, Jim,

Interesting blog you have. Thanks for your contributions to the Oracle community.

You might have missed my IE 8 update from Mar 23:

Reminder: Block MS IE8 Upgrades for EBS Users! - http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/03/block_ms_ie8_upgrades_for_ebs_users.html

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 26, 2009 at 03:12 AM PDT #

Steven;

I have a customer, in the process of deploying the Oracle iSupplier Portal product to 2800+ suppliers with 10000+ Supplier users beginning on June 29th, 2009. Customer management is concerned about the issue of IE8 compatability and certification only because they know some small percentage of their supplier base wll attempt to use it either overtly or by accident. Paramount of their concerns is whether someone attmpting to initiate contact with the EBS instance while using IE8 as their Browser could negatively impact performance or cause a traumatic service interruption to the entire ISP community.

Posted by Tom Beatty on April 25, 2009 at 11:14 PM PDT #

Hello, Tom,

End-users attempting to access the E-Business Suite with IE 8 will not affect the E-Business Suite environment's performance, security, or stability. In other words, a group of end-users running IE 8 will not negatively affect the entire EBS community or environment.

The end-users running IE8 will experience differing things (unrelated to the EBS environment's stability):

IE8 users attempting to access HTML (i.e. OA Framework-based or Self-Service Web Applications) products will likely be able to work with those screens normally. We don't guarantee this, however, in advance of our formal certification of IE8.

Users attempting to access Oracle Forms-based content (i.e. the "Professional" user interface-based products) will encounter issues.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 27, 2009 at 03:20 AM PDT #

Maybe this has been answered before, How come Microsoft and Oracle (two huge companies) always miss the boat on compatibility issues before launch? I fault mostly Microsoft for making IE8 a forced upgrade through critical updates like they did for IE7. Wasn't there enough test cycles or bug resolution time during beta testing to resolve these issues before launch?
IT groups now have to backpedal to ensure that users don't upgrade to IE8. Alot of work in my opinion.

Posted by Eric Levinson on May 06, 2009 at 03:49 AM PDT #

Windows 7:

I have been informed that Windows 7 testing (which IE8 is the native browser) will not be tested for certification by Oracle until it is released to the public (approximately Dec 09).

It seems like a flawed approach to wait for general release to begin some testing considering Win7 Release Candidate 1 is delivered for just this purpose.

Can you confirm if this is the approach Oracle is taking?

I am in the process of testing Win7 RC1 for Oracle at my company and would like to know if these efforts are a waste if Oracle is not testing congruently.

When can we expect IE8 to be certified? Is there a target for this certification?

Posted by Big Oracle Customer on May 14, 2009 at 06:25 AM PDT #

When is Oracle Expected to certify IE8 & Win 7 with Apps 11i? Is installing the blocker the only solution for now?

Posted by Dominic D'souza on May 19, 2009 at 04:14 PM PDT #

Hello, Dustin,

Thanks for your comment.

>Can you confirm if this is the approach that Oracle is taking?

No, we're trying to stay ahead of the Windows 7 release cycle.

My EBS Certification team is testing Windows 7 (and IE8) with both EBS 11i and 12 right now. We've been working with early releases of Windows 7 for a while now.

The certification challenge lies more so with IE 8 rather than with Windows 7 itself. See this later IE8 article for details:

Reminder: Block MS IE8 Upgrades for EBS Users! -
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/03/block_ms_ie8_upgrades_for_ebs_users.html

I can't comment on when IE8 will be certified, but it's a major priority for us. Please feel free to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as they're available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 20, 2009 at 03:42 AM PDT #

Dominic,

Here's the latest update on our IE8 + EBS certification project:

Reminder: Block MS IE8 Upgrades for EBS Users! -
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/03/block_ms_ie8_upgrades_for_ebs_users.html

I can't comment on when IE8 will be certified, but it's a major priority for us. Please feel free to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as they're available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 21, 2009 at 02:54 AM PDT #

Steve,

IHAC who is looking to move over to Windows 7 potentially end of this year. I have looked through Metalink but couldn’t find anything that had an official certification position/policy or date on this as of today (June 19, 2009).

Do we know yet when Oracle is going to certify Windows 7 with EBS and Siebel?

Regards,

John Ormiston

Posted by John Ormiston on June 19, 2009 at 02:55 AM PDT #

John,

We're working on certifying Windows 7 with the E-Business Suite right now. We are not permitted to discuss dates for unreleased certifications; see this externally-published article for more details:

Loose Lips Sink Ships -
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2007/03/loose_lips_sink_ships.html

You're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 19, 2009 at 03:44 AM PDT #

11i as well as R12 applications work with IE 8 if you do the following:

Add server to Trusted Sites and then:

1. Tools / Internet options
2. Security tab -> Trusted Sites
3. Click on Custom level... button
4. scroll to the end and find "Enable XSS filter" option (3rd from the bottom)
5. set it to Disable

Good luck!
Simon

Posted by Simon Jurecic on June 23, 2009 at 10:26 PM PDT #

Hi, Simon,

Thanks for your tip. Most desktop administrators in organizations running the E-Business Suite have very strict policies around IE deployments. The majority of them prevent their end-users from changing IE settings from the centrally-administered IE configuration.

Regardless of an organization's desktop administration policies, we generally recommend against making IE security looser than the Microsoft-delivered defaults. Disabling specific parts of IE's built-in security features is generally a bad idea.

Our goal in the E-Business Suite is to ensure that our customers can safely run EBS using IE 8 in its default configuration. We'll announce our IE8 certification as soon as we've been able to tweak EBS to allow that.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 25, 2009 at 04:08 AM PDT #

Any plans / progress on the EBS certification with IE8?

Posted by Sri Subramanian on June 30, 2009 at 03:28 AM PDT #

Hello, Sri,

I've recently published a later update on our IE certification on June 11. See:

Interim Update #3: Using IE8 with E-Business Suite - http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/06/interim_update_3_using_ie8_with_e-business_suite.html

This is the latest update as of today. Feel free to monitor or subscribe to this blog for the latest updates, which I'll post as soon as they're available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 30, 2009 at 04:38 AM PDT #

Hi Steve,

Note 285218.1 suggest that IE 8 is now certified for 11.5.10 as of Oct 7th. Could you please confirm.

Thanks,
Avinash

Posted by Avinash on October 28, 2009 at 03:20 AM PDT #

Hi, Avinash,

Yes, we announced that certification earlier this month:

Internet Explorer 8 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i -
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/10/internet_explorer_8_certified_ebs11i.html

I've published a one-page summary of all of the latest E-Business Suite techstack certifications externally here:

http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenchan/certifications.html

That listing summarizes the official CERTIFY database on My Oracle Support. The CERTIFY database is the official and authoritative reference for all E-Business Suite certifications.

You might also wish to consider subscribing to our blog, so that you don't miss future certification announcements.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 28, 2009 at 05:30 AM PDT #

It's more than a year, doesn't Oracle have a solution yet. How long do we block users from upgrading?

Posted by Trevor on September 03, 2010 at 08:13 AM PDT #

Trevor,

IE 8 was certified with EBS 12 in Sept. 2009; see:

Internet Explorer 8 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 12
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/09/internet_explorer_8_certified_ebs12.html

IE 8 was certified with EBS 11i in Oct. 2009; see:

Internet Explorer 8 Certified with E-Business Suite Release 11i
http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2009/10/internet_explorer_8_certified_ebs11i.html

You might wish to monitor or subscribe to this blog for ongoing updates. We announce new certifications every week or so.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on September 03, 2010 at 08:16 AM PDT #

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