IE 9, Firefox 4 Certifications Coming Soon for Oracle E-Business Suite

I'm still doggedly plowing through our article backlog following our two-month blogging hiatus.  Almost done.  Here's a long-outstanding response to a FAQ about new browsers.

Firefox logoAs of  today, Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.6 are the latest Windows desktop clients certified for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12.  We're working on our certifications of IE 9 and Firefox 4 right now.  Those certifications are going well, but we are running them in parallel with our work on the next major E-Business Suite release, so it's taking some time to get through these.

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

References

Internet Explorer logoFor full details about certified desktop browser configurations, see:

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Comments:

Hi Steven, as you may or may not know, Mozilla has moved to Rapid Releases. Firefox 5.0 will be officially released on June 21st and Firefox 6.0 will be released end of August. Firefox 4.0 will no longer be supported on June 21st and same with 5.0 once 6.0 is released and so on. Everyone know about the Oracle Revenue Recognition rules, but how will Oracle address Firefox's rapid releases cycle? Thanks.

Posted by guest on June 01, 2011 at 04:22 AM PDT #

Glad you brought that up. We're aware of Mozilla's new release model. Not happy about it, but aware of it. Our only possible response is to state that we'll certify new Firefox versions as quickly as possible. Certifying maintenance updates (e.g. 3.5 vs. 3.6) is a relatively small effort. Certifying major updates (e.g. Firefox 4 vs. 5) is a much bigger effort, since we assume that the rendering engine and other important architectural components are being updated. I'll turn the question around to you: does your organization intend to deploy the major new Firefox 4, 5, and 6 releases as soon as they're available? If yes, why? My questions to conference attendees about this seem to indicate that some companies are planning to go to Firefox 4, but have no plans to take Firefox 5 or 6 in the near future. Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 01, 2011 at 04:42 AM PDT #

Here is my explanation based on my understanding of Mozilla's new release cycle. The reason why companies may want to go to Firefox 5,6,7 etc. is, Mozilla, with the new release cycle, won't fix security bugs for previous releases. With the current cycle, even after Firefox 4 is released, they still fix security issues in Firefox 3.6.x for, I think, 18 months or until the support is over. With the new release cycle, you won't get the security fix for the older versions once the new version is released. If we don't go to the newer version, we will be exposing our computers to security vulnerabilities, which is worse than trying the application with the new Firefox, even if Oracle has not updated it's support. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted by Arun Subramanian on June 01, 2011 at 05:16 AM PDT #

I can't comment on Mozilla's patching policy. You may wish to contact Mozilla for guidance on that. Is your organization intending to upgrade to Firefox 4, 5, and 6 as soon as they're released, regardless of those products' certifications with Oracle products? Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 01, 2011 at 05:43 AM PDT #

Hi again Steven, As you can see, Firefox 4.0 is basically end of life already according to Mozilla. http://blog.mozilla.com/meeting-notes/archives/570 "No plans to do a 4.0.2 currently The next “point release” for Firefox 4 is Firefox 5" Google is dropping support for older browsers and it's only a matter of time before Firefox 3.6 gets the axe also from Google. http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/06/our-plans-to-support-modern-browsers.html "As of August 1st, we will discontinue support for the following browsers and their predecessors: Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3. In these older browsers you may have trouble using certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs and Google Sites, and eventually these apps may stop working entirely." So we prefer to run a supported browser for security reasons but Firefox 5.0 might or might not be certified & supported by Oracle yet. So we're stuck with this dilemma and unsure what to do.

Posted by guest on June 01, 2011 at 05:53 PM PDT #

Hi, Arun, If you depend upon Firefox, I can appreciate the dilemma that Mozilla's patching policy creates for you. I don't have any recommendations, since good advice must take into account your security requirements, your external security auditor's rules, and other exogenous regulatory factors (e.g. Sarbanes-Oxley or PCI legislation). You should review this situation with your security auditors. Unfortunately, the Oracle E-Business Suite Division has no influence on Mozilla's patching policy. You may wish to contact Mozilla directly with your concerns about their policies and release strategy. Here in the Oracle E-Business Suite division, the only response we have is try try and keep up with Mozilla's releases and certify them as quickly as possible with EBS. Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 02, 2011 at 04:11 AM PDT #

There is a lot of misunderstanding around the new "train" release process for Firefox. I believe there is no EOL on 3.6.x or 4.0.x versions as yet, but for Firefox 5 that will EOL when Firefox 6 comes out, Firefox 6 will EOL when Firefox 7 comes out, etc. Even though there is major version number changes between 4 and 5 it is actually more similar to going from 3.5 to 3.6. That probably doesn't help much for Firefox 5 and above, but hopefully offers some security around Firefox 4. The one caveat to this is the standard Mozilla support policy has always been to support the previous version for up to 6 months after the release of the new version and there is only this proposed new one (or immediate EOL of previous version), it is not set in stone and could change once Firefox 5 or 6 is out. Might be worth someone at Oracle talking to the relevant people at Mozilla and explain the issues around the new release "train"

Posted by Ian Neal on June 02, 2011 at 10:08 AM PDT #

Thanks for the information. I am eager to know Windows 7 with IE9 is certified for Oracle EBusiness Suite R12 or not. Please update me through my mail id.

Thanks,
Saroj Mahanta
Ph - 00972 546018145

Posted by Saroj Mahanta on July 12, 2011 at 03:19 AM PDT #

Saroj,

We're in the final stages of our certification of IE 9 with the E-Business Suite. Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but 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 guest on July 13, 2011 at 03:56 AM PDT #

Hi Steven is there any new updates for the certification of IE9 for oracle r12 please advice Thank you

Belen

Posted by guest on October 01, 2011 at 08:33 PM PDT #

Hi, Belen,

You've reached an old blog article. IE9 is now certified. See:

http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/internet_explorer_9_certified_with

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 02, 2011 at 12:51 PM PDT #

Dear Steven,

Thank you for your info, i have 2more problems first, when we upgrade our OS in windows7 our metalinik is not working we are using IE 9 also the web adi is not working as well we are using excel 2010 64bit. Please help me and let me know if you have solutions to these problems. your reply is highly appreciated

Posted by Belen on October 02, 2011 at 09:23 PM PDT #

Hello, Belen,

We have certified Excel 2010 32-bit with the E-Business Suite. 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office require additional updates; we're working on that right now.

I'm sorry to hear that you've encountered an issue with Windows 7 + IE 9.

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

Posted by Steven Chan on October 03, 2011 at 03:03 AM PDT #

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