Microsoft Office 2013 Certified with E-Business Suite 12.1.3

[Nov. 11, 2014 Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Office Home & Student Edition is built on a different codeline that lacks the APIs that are needed for EBS integration. Article updated to exclude this edition explicitly.]

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2013  logoMicrosoft Office 2013 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3.  For details, see:

Certified combinations include Office running in 32-bit and 64-bit modes.

EBS 12.1.3 + Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit)

Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 for the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows Vista 32-bit
  • Windows 7 32-bit & 64-bit
  • Windows 8 32-bit & 64-bit
EBS 12.1.3 + Microsoft Office 2013 (64-bit)

Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit desktop version is certified for integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 through a 64-bit techstack for the following desktop client operating systems:

  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit

What about EBS 11i, 12.0, and 12.2?

The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit for Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.0.6 and 12.2.x is still in progress.

The certification of Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit  for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.6 and 12.2.x is still in progress.

There are no plans to certify Microsoft Office 2013 64-bit with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2.

When will the remaining combinations be certified?

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here 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
  • Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI)
  • Desktop Integration Framework
Which Office versions are certified?

We explicitly tested the Office 2013 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests apply equally to the following desktop-installed editions:
  • Home & Business 2013
  • Standard 2013 
  • Professional 2013
  • Professional Plus 2013

Support implications: We will attempt to reproduce issues reported on these editions on our reference edition -- Office 2013 Professional.  Issues that cannot be reproduced will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  For example, issues that can only be reproduced on, say, Office Home & Student 2013 but cannot be reproduced on Office Professional 2013 will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

We do not currently plan to certify the following editions with Oracle E-Business Suite:

  • SkyDrive-based documents
  • Office On Demand
  • Office Web Apps
  • Office 365
  • Office Home & Student RT
  • Home & Student 2013 (Known not to work with EBS)

What about OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice?

We have no plans to certify the E-Business Suite with versions of OpenOffice, StarOffice, LibreOffice, or other equivalents.  

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Comments:

Hi Chan,
Great news... This mean that Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI) is certified now? Cause ,according the Is Office 2013 Certified for WebADI? (Doc ID 1528351.1) - its still not.

Thanks a lot,
Arty

Posted by Arty Borulia on June 17, 2014 at 05:46 AM PDT #

Hi, Arty,

Yes, this certification covers WebADI.

Thanks for highlighting Note 1528351.1. You should always check the Certify database, since individual Notes may not be updated when new certifications become available. The referenced Note 1528351.1 is now outdated and will be withdrawn soon.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 17, 2014 at 09:37 AM PDT #

I understand that you support Office 2013 volume license bits.
How about Office 2013 ProPlus? Office ProPlus is different bits that you obtain from Office 365 but it is totally offline bits just like the volume license bits. Any guidance?

Posted by Mo on June 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM PDT #

Hi, Mo,

As stated in the article above, we haven't tested any Office 365 editions. This includes any downloadable offline versions of Office 365. I can't comment on compatibility.

Out of curiosity: our loose understanding of Microsoft's licensing terms are that enterprises get licenses for the fully-installable desktop versions of Office 2013 along with the licenses for Office 365.

(This understanding may not be correct -- Oracle Development staff are not trained in Microsoft licensing terms. We're not even trained in Oracle licensing terms!)

If you get a license for both Office 2013 and Office 365, can you explain why you'd use the latter?

Please feel free to drop me a line with details about your organization's plans for Office 365. We aren't currently planning any certifications with that, but your feedback may be helpful in prioritization of future projects.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 17, 2014 at 01:07 PM PDT #

Hi Steven
You don't mention r12.1.2. Does the certification for 12.1.3 infer 12.1.x as it is the end of the code line, or does 12.1.2 require separate certification? The certification database shows 12.1.2 certified only up to Office 2010.
Regards
Tim

Posted by guest on June 17, 2014 at 11:26 PM PDT #

Hi Steven!

Great news, we had problems with the Web ADI when we tested it with our EBS 12.1.3. Now that Office 2013 is certified with 12.1.3, do we need to apply any patches to make it work?

Regards, Michael

Posted by Michael on June 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM PDT #

Hi Chan,

Is there is any patch set that need to be applied on R12.1.3 to start working with WEB ADI and Office2013? (Like it was on certification of office 2010 - What are the Web ADI Requirements to work with Excel 2010? (Doc ID 1272346.1))

Thanks a lot,
Arty

Posted by Arty Borulia on June 18, 2014 at 05:46 AM PDT #

Hi, Arty,

My apologies -- I forgot to include a reference to the following Note in my article:

Microsoft Office Integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and R12 (Note 1077728.1)

Please check that Note for all prerequisites for Office 2013 compatibility for all EBS products -- including WebADI.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 18, 2014 at 04:13 PM PDT #

Hi, Tim,

This certification requires EBS 12.1.3. If you're on 12.1.2, you should make sure that you apply the EBS 12.1.3 Family Packs for the EBS modules you're using.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 18, 2014 at 04:14 PM PDT #

Hi, Michael,

My apologies -- I'd inadvertently omitted the reference to the following Note:

Microsoft Office Integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and R12 (Note 1077728.1)

Please review this Note for the prerequisites for Office 2013 compatibility with all EBS products including WebADI.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 18, 2014 at 04:16 PM PDT #

In reviewing 1077728.1, I have noticed that there are no Office 2013 Configuration Requirements for Excel 2013 in Section 4. Do we follow Office 2010 users settings?

Posted by Brent Green on June 20, 2014 at 08:54 AM PDT #

Hi Brent,

The Excel navigations and settings are the same in 2013 as they were in 2010. Well spotted. This is also now clarified in the document.

Regards,
Tim.

Posted by Tim Mervyn on June 20, 2014 at 09:41 AM PDT #

Thanks for the calrity

Brent

Posted by Brent Green on June 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

Office 2013 64bit mentions 64-bit techstack. Is this the APPS tech stack?

Regards
Naeem

Posted by Naeem on July 08, 2014 at 02:30 AM PDT #

Hi Naeem,

In this instance we are referring to the 64-bit desktop techstack meaning 64-bit Office, 64-bit Browser and 64-bit Java releases.

Regards,
Tim.

Posted by Tim Mervyn on July 10, 2014 at 06:35 AM PDT #

Does the Office 2013 certification include BI Publisher, as well?

Posted by Michelle on July 10, 2014 at 06:59 AM PDT #

Hi, Michelle,

The Office 2013 certification covers all embedded EBS technology stack components. If you're referring to the use of BI Publisher within the E-Business Suite technology stack, then the answer is, "Yes."

If you're asking about whether a standalone BI Publisher instance is certified with Office 2013 -- it depends on your BI Publisher release. You can look up your BIP release in the Certify database for the latest standalone certifications.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

We have a mixture of Office 2013 and Office 2010 users thoughtout our company (still in the process of rolling out 2013). Likewiese, we run version EBS 12.1.3

Will installing the patch referenced in Note 1077728.1 have an effect on those users still running Office/Excel 2010 - specificially for WebADI journal templates?

Cheers,
Joe

Posted by Joe on July 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM PDT #

Hi, Joe,

The latest Office interop patches to EBS server-side components are fully backwards-compatible with all certified Office releases on Windows desktop clients. These include Office 2013 as well as Office 2010.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 21, 2014 at 01:55 PM PDT #

Since installing the patches in test pre-existing ADI templates are having issues "Document parameters cannot be validated. Recreate the document to regenerate correct values."

Is this a known issue when it comes to Web ADI post patch?

Do you have any suggestions to resolve this? I do not want to tell my client base that they are required to rebuild templates if avoidable.

Suggestions? Anyone

Posted by Brent Green on July 30, 2014 at 01:16 PM PDT #

Hello, Brent,

I'm sorry that you're encountering issues with this.

This is unexpected behaviour. I'd like to ensure that one of our Web ADI specialists works with you to investigate this.

Can you log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of them 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 July 30, 2014 at 01:39 PM PDT #

SR Number is 3-9417345951

Posted by Brent Green on July 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM PDT #

We have run into some Web ADI Issues:

1. After applying patches it appears that header lines are protected in Web ADI Templates that are newly generated. Clients like to add Macros and cannot currently.

Clients notes:
"The range of cells outside of the journal lines and headers section can't be populated with anything. It is like they are protected yet the file does not seem to be protected in any way."

2. An icon (circle with a shadow) appears in a column when inserting blank lines. (ie. in formula line at top of excel looks like a little m)

Any suggestions or notes regarding these items?

Posted by Brent Green on August 26, 2014 at 07:59 AM PDT #

Just for clarity,

Users like to add macros related to cells outside the header/journal line section which is protected and that is why thier macros will not work

Posted by Brent Green on August 26, 2014 at 08:05 AM PDT #

Hi, Brent,

I'm sorry to hear that you've encountered an issue with this.

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 August 26, 2014 at 01:29 PM PDT #

Hi Steve,

We are also having the same issue as mentioned by Brent. We are unable to add any text messages outside the Journal Line section. The SR # is 3-9668540751

Regards,
Kiran

Posted by guest on October 01, 2014 at 10:28 PM PDT #

Hi Kiran,

If you have an existing SR, your best plan is to follow up on it with the Support engineer who owns it, requesting escalation if you feel this is necessary.

Regards,

Robert Farrington.

Posted by Robert Farrington on October 03, 2014 at 04:09 AM PDT #

Just so all know, we have been given resolution for my reported issue via an SR.

Posted by Brent Green on November 07, 2014 at 08:22 AM PST #

What office platform has verified, MSI install only? Is Office 2013 Pro Plus click to run install (click-to-run (App-V) version of office 2013) been verified?

Posted by Brent Green on November 07, 2014 at 08:24 AM PST #

Hello, Brent,

Glad to hear that your Service Request was resolved.

We test with the MSI installed version of Office 2013 Professional Edition. We do not test with the Click-to-Run (App-V) versions of Office 2013 Pro Plus.

Microsoft has informed us that the Click-to-Run (App-V) versions of Office Professional Plus are code-identical to the MSI versions. We have not verified this explicitly.

If you encounter issues with the Click-to-Run (App-V) versions, please log a Service Request so that we can investigate. Issues that cannot be reproduced on the MSI install versions will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 07, 2014 at 08:50 AM PST #

Brent,

What was the solution given to you? We are hitting that too. We are going to create a service request later today, but in the mean time I'd like to hear the solution given to you.

Posted by guest on November 24, 2014 at 05:54 AM PST #

Steven,

I just went to certify and 12.1.3 does not show up as certified.

Displaying Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Certifications.
Microsoft Office 4 Releases(2010,2007,2003,2000)

Displaying Microsoft Office 2013 Certifications.
Oracle E-Business Suite 3 Releases(12.2.4,12.2.3,12.0.6)

Regards,
Tom

Posted by Tom Mullen on December 09, 2014 at 12:42 PM PST #

Hi, Tom,

That's puzzling. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. These certifications are definitely done, and it's unclear why they're not appearing in Certify.

We're updating this once again. In the meantime, feel free to use this combination, which is documented in the Note listed above.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on December 16, 2014 at 09:16 AM PST #

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