What Are Your Plans for Retiring Internet Explorer or IE6?

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 was released in 2001.  Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch has indicated that IE6 will continue to receive Extended Support for the lifetime of Windows XP, which is currently planned to continue until August 4, 2014.

As a nine-year old technology, it's not surprising to hear that cyber-attacks may be targetted at potentially-serious security issues with this browser.  Microsoft has recently issued Security Advisory 979352 to address certain browser security issues.

France's Computer Emergency Response Team and Germany's Federal Office for Security in Information Technology have recently issued official bulletins that advise users to switch from Internet Explorer to an alternative browser.

Supporting Internet Explorer and IE6 with Oracle E-Business Suite

Our plans are to continue supporting IE6 with the E-Business Suite as long as Microsoft supports that browser.  We also plan to continue to certify updates to Internet Explorer with the E-Business Suite.

Our challenge, though, is that there are over thirty different desktop client x browser x JRE release combinations that could be certified with every new E-Business Suite patch or update.  We do not have the resources to test every possible permutation comprehensively with every Apps patch, so we are forced to select a subset of combinations to rotate through our certification process.

What Are Your Plans?

This is where your feedback can make a lot of difference in helping us prioritize combinations to test with the E-Business Suite.  I'm particularly interested in your answers to the following questions:
  1. What browsers are primarily used in your organization?  
  2. Are you reassessing your desktop deployment standards in response to the latest news about IE? 
  3. If yes, what are your plans for retiring either Internet Explorer, generally, or IE6, specifically?
Please feel free to comment here or drop me a private email with your organization's current perspectives on this.

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1.) Minimum browser config at our site is IE7, but mostly IE8. Firefox is used but not supported by IT.
2.) No as our SOE doesn't included IE6.
3.) N/A

Posted by Matt on February 03, 2010 at 03:52 AM PST #

1) IE6
2) I have no influence on the issue.
3) I forwarded the info. to the appropriate team. They tell me that moving to IE8 is in the cards, but not soon. Maybe next year.

Posted by Claire Gagnon on February 03, 2010 at 10:52 PM PST #

1) SeaMonkey 1.1.x, Firefox 3.0.x, IE 7
2) Yes
3) Moving to IE8 soon, though might be some issues using it with Oracle's UPK which we're investigating but as UPK only has full functionality with IE, we have to keep IE. Also moving to Firefox 3.6.x and SeaMonkey 2.0.x

Posted by Ian Neal on February 04, 2010 at 07:58 AM PST #

1. We support IE7 and FireFox.
2. No.
3. We retired IE6 two years ago and plan to roll-out IE8 around mid-year this year.

Posted by Stephen Mullen on February 08, 2010 at 12:50 AM PST #

1) IE7 is the standard install on desktops. Firefox and Chrome in use but not supported by IT.
2) No - already off IE6.
3) N/A

Posted by Nels Quinn on February 08, 2010 at 02:39 AM PST #

We run IE7 after a move a couple of months ago from IE6. No plans for IE8 (though we've tested it along with Firefox 3.6 and Win 7) due to other non-Oracle systems not currently working with IE8.

Posted by Jay Weinshenker on February 08, 2010 at 02:45 AM PST #

1. At my customer site - IE 6 / 7 / 8 (With 11.5.9, ATG5 , Dev Patchset 17 :) )
2. Yes, Org wide move to IE 7 / 8
3. IE 6 will be retired soon.

Posted by Naveen on February 22, 2010 at 06:15 PM PST #

Can I update my IE6 to higher without affecting my Oracle?

Posted by Luis Marquez on July 22, 2010 at 06:37 AM PDT #


Yes. Both IE7 and IE8 are certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i and 12. See:

Recommended Browsers for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Note 389422.1)

Recommended Browsers for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i (Note 285218.1)


Posted by Steven Chan on July 22, 2010 at 07:16 AM PDT #

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