Interim Update #1: Microsoft Office 2010 and E-Business Suite

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[Nov. 22, 2010 Update:  Office 2010 (32-Bit) is now certified with the E-Business Suite; see this article for details]

Congratulations to my colleagues at Microsoft on their launch of Microsoft Office 2010 yesterday.  Questions about our certification plans for Office 2010 are filling my inbox, so here's an interim update on our plans. 

If you've reached this article via a search engine, it's possible that a later update on our status is available.  For our latest status, please check the Desktop Client Certifications section of our one-page Certifications summary.

Our current plans for Office 2010

We plan to certify Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12 with Microsoft Office 2010.

When will Office 2010 be certified with EBS?

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.   

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
Which Office versions will be certified?

Our actual certification plans are under review, but as of today, I expect that we will explicitly test the Office 2010 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests will apply equally to the following editions:
  • Home and Student Edition
  • Home and Business Edition
  • Standard Edition
  • Professional Academic Edition
  • Professional Plus Edition
We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:
  • Office Web Apps
  • Starter Edition
  • Mac Edition
  • Office Mobile
I would not expect the results of our certification with Office 2010 Professional Edition to apply to the above four editions.

What about 64-bit Office?

Office 2010 offers a 64-bit version for the first time.  The 64-bit version is available for a subset of Microsoft's supported operating systems. 

We're currently evaluating our plans for certifying both the 32-bit and 64-bit Office versions with EBS.  Stay tuned for more details on this front.

Any Early Adopter Programs planned?

No, we don't currently have any plans to offer an Early Adopter Program for Office 2010 with Oracle E-Business Suite.  If that changes, I'll post an article on this blog with a call for participants. 

What about OpenOffice and StarOffice?

Things are a bit different on this front now that Sun is part of our Oracle family.  I can't share specifics at this point, but I can confirm that we have teams looking into getting E-Business Suite working with OpenOffice.  Stay tuned; more details will be coming about this, too.

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Comments:

Yay for possible OpenOffice support. Best news I've heard all day!

Posted by Jay Weinshenker on May 13, 2010 at 01:10 PM PDT #

Really need Office 2010 certified with EBS 11i. Many VERY large companies are making the jump in Q4, but Oracle Apps is a huge roadblock. Making you guys look bad.

Are we getting close??

Posted by Chris Bittakis on October 11, 2010 at 08:04 AM PDT #

Hello, Chris,

Thanks for your feedback. Our Office 2010 certification is still underway. This project is nearing completion -- we are working through some final product-specific compatibility issues now. Stay tuned; more news will be forthcoming soon.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 12, 2010 at 01:51 AM PDT #

any problem using wed abi with excel 10

Posted by jemar_98 on October 12, 2010 at 06:23 AM PDT #

Hi, Jemar98,

Excel 2010 is part of Office 2010; WebADI is part of the E-Business Suite.

As noted in the article above, we're still certifying the E-Business Suite with Office 2010. We don't recommend using the combination of E-Business Suite with Office 2010 in production environments until we've released this certification.

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 Steven Chan on October 13, 2010 at 01:51 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

I have two questions:

Do we have and stimated date about when MS2010 certification will be completed? A customer is about starting an implementation and wants to know when.

Is this blog the place to find out the status of the certification process?

Thanks!

Posted by Alberto Cordero on November 09, 2010 at 09:44 PM PST #

Hi, Alberto,

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 Steven Chan on November 10, 2010 at 01:03 AM PST #

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