Plans for Certifying Microsoft Office 2013 with E-Business Suite

Microsoft Office 2013 logoCongratulations to my colleagues at Microsoft on their launch of Microsoft Office 2013 last month.  Questions about our certification plans for Office 2013 are filling my inbox, so here's an interim update on our plans. 

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Our current plans for Office 2013

We plan to certify Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10.2, 12.0, and 12.1 with Microsoft Office 2013.

When will Office 2013 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
  • Web Application Desktop Integrator (Web ADI)
  • Desktop Integration Framework
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 2013 Professional edition with Oracle E-Business Suite.  We expect that the results of these certification tests will apply equally to the following desktop-installed editions:
  • Home & Student 2013
  • Home & Business 2013
  • Standard 2013 
  • Professional 2013
  • Professional Plus 2013
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

I would not expect the results of our certification with Office 2013 Professional Edition to apply to the above editions or features.

What about 64-bit Office?

Office 2013 offers a 64-bit version as well as a 32-bit version.  It is expected that we will certify the 32-bit version first, followed by the 64-bit version later.

Any Early Adopter Programs planned?

No, we don't currently have any plans to offer an Early Adopter Program for Office 2013 with Oracle E-Business Suite.  If that changes, I'll post an article on this blog with a call for participants. 

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:

This is great! Thanks for the update. I appreciate the revenue recognition statement but the sooner the better would be great! We're just starting to upgrade from Sharepoint 2007 to Sharepoint 2013 and it would be great if we can keep the Office products in line (which we obviously can't if its not certified).

Thanks

Matt

Posted by Matt Blandford on February 19, 2013 at 05:01 AM PST #

Steven,

Thanks for the detailed update about certification plans for Office 2013.

In addition to the examples of product integrations for EBS that you cited, do you have any guidance if the iExpense Spreadsheet upload not available with Office 2007/10 might return with 2013? (ER 7621719 / Note 1325240.1)

Jay

Posted by guest on February 19, 2013 at 04:39 PM PST #

Hi, Jay,

I've escalated this to the Financials team. I'll post an update here once I hear back from them.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 20, 2013 at 09:00 AM PST #

Very interested in progress on this as we will be maintaining two office versions (2013 and 2010 for compatibility)

Thanks,
Robert

Posted by guest on February 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM PST #

Jay,

I'm pleased to let you know that the Financials team released patch 7621719 to resolve the iExpenses + Office 2007 issue that you escalated here.

Please let us know how that patch works for you. I'll pass on your feedback to the Financials team.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 06, 2013 at 12:32 PM PST #

Steven,
We are also having to maintain two Office versions for compatibility and now will have to create another Citrix server with 2010. I will be following your blog to keep updated as to the certification date for 2013, hopefully very soon!
Thank you.
Darcey

Posted by Darcey Dahl on April 08, 2013 at 04:44 PM PDT #

Just found this blog, thank you for creating. We are having issues with Oracle HRMS Employee Self-Serice with IE 10. We are not updating within our organization but it is being pushed out to our employees on their home computers. Is Oracle aware of issues with ESS?

Posted by guest on May 06, 2013 at 07:44 AM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

I'm sorry to hear that you're encountering issues.

We're investigating some issues with text alignment on buttons in certain conditions right now. I understand that your organization doesn't control employees's home computers, and this is true for other organizations that have public users whose desktops aren't centrally-managed.

Here's our guidance for those organizations that do manage desktops centrally:

Postpone IE 10 Upgrades Until E-Business Suite Certification (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/postpone_ie_10_upgrades_until

We're working on these issues as fast as possible. I'll post updates on this blog as soon as I have more details to share.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 07, 2013 at 07:04 AM PDT #

Is there any news regarding the certification of the 64-bit versions of Office 2010?

Posted by guest on May 15, 2013 at 07:57 AM PDT #

Hi,

The certification of Office 2010 64-bit is still in progress. This version required a major re-coding effort, amongst other issues, for EBS compatibility. This is now completed and the certification process is continuing.

Regards,
Tim.

Posted by Tim Mervyn on May 16, 2013 at 03:53 AM PDT #

The one-page summary now lists Office 2013 under client compatibility, but the link just comes back to this page which says it is not yet supported, so it is not clear what the situation is.

Posted by Kevin on July 01, 2013 at 05:30 AM PDT #

Any updates on the Office 2013 Certification - we have an Office 2013 rollout later in the year and would like to know the latest position ASAP

Posted by guest on July 01, 2013 at 07:19 AM PDT #

Hi, Kevin, Guest (Steve),

Sorry for the confusion: Office 2013 is currently being certified with the E-Business Suite. This article is still current.

It appears that you're both with the same organization. I'd be interested in hearing more about your firm's plans for Office 2013.

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.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on July 01, 2013 at 01:05 PM PDT #

You mentioned that recoding was needed for Office 64-bit, but is a Patch expected to be needed for 32-bit Office certification?

Posted by guest on August 29, 2013 at 06:51 AM PDT #

Steven...Has the development on Office 2013 compatibility for certification been completed and will we be receiving an update within the next 2 weeks?

Our IT Dept has a November 1st critical threshold deadline that will impact next years software updates if we do not hear something soon.

Thanks
Bernie

Posted by Bernie Blanchard on October 15, 2013 at 09:23 AM PDT #

Hi Steven...One more question, will the Office2013 certification be accompanied by a 'patch? If it is going to be accompanied with a patch will it be backwards compatible, meaning that the Patch will be able to work with users on Office2010?

Thanks
Bernie

Posted by Bernie Blanchard on October 15, 2013 at 09:33 AM PDT #

Bernie,

This certification is in the final stages. I'm not permitted to speculate about certification release dates, I'm afraid. I understand the urgency of impending rollout deadlines. Please stay tuned -- I'll post updates on this blog as soon as possible.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on October 15, 2013 at 09:35 AM PDT #

Hi Bernie,

This is Anshuman Chopra and I manage a technology stack certification group under Steven.

To answer your question - "Hi Steven...One more question, will the Office2013 certification be accompanied by a 'patch? If it is going to be accompanied with a patch will it be backwards compatible, meaning that the Patch will be able to work with users on Office2010?"

Yes, MS Office 2013 64bit certification will be accompanied with some EBS patches. There are patch requirements on EBS side for MS Office 2010 64bit and MS Office 2013 64bit. Currently the patches are same for both 64bit MS Office releases. So as of today the answer is yes to your compatibility related question.

Regards,
Anshuman Chopra

Posted by Anshuman Chopra on October 15, 2013 at 01:39 PM PDT #

Anshuman,
I have been asking for some months if a patch is expected for Office 2013 32-bit. Are you any closer to being able to provide an answer?
Thanks

Posted by Kevin on November 27, 2013 at 05:18 AM PST #

Kevin,

Yes, it's possible that certain EBS products may require interoperability patches for full compatibility with Office 2013. We're doing everything possible to minimize the actual EBS server-side patching requirements -- that's one of the things we always strive to do with all of our desktop client certifications.

Stay tuned. I'll post details about the actual certification as soon as possible.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 27, 2013 at 08:28 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

Are there any workaround meanwhile Office 2013 certification is in processing?
For example, we can use Web ADI with Office 2010 format in Office 2013, etc.
Any information would be appreciated

Best Regards,
Mariko

Posted by Mariko on November 28, 2013 at 10:52 PM PST #

Hi, Mariko,

Office 2013 changed the way Office handles windows. Specifically, Microsoft switched from their traditional "Multiple Display Interface" (MD) to a "Single Display Interface" (SDI) user interface model.

This, of course, changes the way external applications like the E-Business Suite interact with Microsoft Office 2013. This means that we will need to issue E-Business Suite server-side patches to restore the functionality broken by Microsoft's changes in Office 2013.

There are no workarounds. Customers are encouraged to hold off on their upgrades to Office 2013 if they depend on E-Business Suite integration.

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.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on December 02, 2013 at 10:34 AM PST #

I am interested in the certification progress and dates around both the 32 & 64 bit testing/certification dates.
Specific interest would be around the Microsoft IE 11 element aswell.

Posted by guest on January 07, 2014 at 07:20 AM PST #

Hello, Guest,

We're making progress on the 32-bit Office 2013 certification. We're working through a handful of issues resulting from Microsoft's updates to file formats and invocation methods.

We're also working on certifying IE 11. That's an independent project -- it is not tied to the Office 2013 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. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 08, 2014 at 11:54 AM PST #

Is the decision to not certify Office 365 based on the fact that it is SaaS and Oracle would not be able to keep up with possible future enhancements to the Office environement?

Posted by Lance Laughlin on January 31, 2014 at 08:49 AM PST #

Hi - its been four weeks since the last update on Office 2013 32bit certification with EBS - would really appreciate an update on this - it has been OVER 12 MONTHS since the formal Office 2013 release and STILL Oracle have not certified Office 2013 32bit, what is going on?

Regards
Steve N

Posted by Steve on February 03, 2014 at 04:42 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

Our project has hard deadline of April 3th 2014.
EBS 12.1.3 must at that time go live operating on PCs running on
- Windows 8.1 and IE11
- Office 2013.

Please update this Blog with latest info.
Can this Blog be updated with progress every 2 weeks?

Regards,
Richard

Posted by Richard vB on February 11, 2014 at 07:16 AM PST #

Are there any updates for the Office 2013 certification? We're keeping an eye on this because we have several users with Office 2013 and who have had problems processing in Web ADI due to this.

Posted by Mariely on February 12, 2014 at 07:20 AM PST #

Steve, Richard, Mariely,

Microsoft changed the way that Office handles certain things in Office 2013. These changes have broken our add-in menus. We’re working on fix for this now. Once we get those issues resolved, we’ll release this long-awaited certification.

Please monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates. I'll post the certification announcement as soon as possible.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by guest on February 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM PST #

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