[Nov. 8, 2018 Update: Fixed JRE version numbers]
Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_191 (a.k.a. JRE 8u191-b12) and 1.8.0_192 (8u172-b12) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows clients.
Java Web Start is available
This JRE release may be run with either the Java plug-in or Java Web Start.
Java Web Start is certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows clients.
Considerations if you're also running JRE 1.6 or 1.7
JRE 1.7 and JRE 1.6 updates included an important change: the Java deployment technology (i.e. the JRE browser plugin) is no longer available for those Java releases. It is expected that Java deployment technology will not be packaged in later Java 6 or 7 updates.
JRE 1.7.0_161 (and later 1.7 updates) and 1.6.0_171 (and later 1.6 updates) can still run Java content. They cannot launch Java.
End-users who only have JRE 1.7 or JRE 1.6 -- and not JRE 1.8 -- installed on their Windows desktop will be unable to launch Java content.
End-users who need to launch JRE 1.7 or 1.6 for compatibility with other third-party Java applications must also install the JRE 1.8.0_152 or later JRE 1.8 updates on their desktops.
Once JRE 1.8.0_152 or later JRE 1.8 updates are installed on a Windows desktop, it can be used to launch JRE 1.7 and JRE 1.6.
How do I get help with this change?
EBS customers requiring assistance with this change to Java deployment technology can log a Service Request for assistance from the Java Support group.All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release
Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:
You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.
32-bit and 64-bit versions certified
This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.
Where are the official patch requirements documented?
All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 8 are documented in these Notes:
For EBS 12.1 & 12.2
Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users
The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support. The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.
Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology. It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.
If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:
If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:
If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:
Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?
This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update
Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release. The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.
Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.
With the release of the January Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.
Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops
The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.
Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.
What do Mac users need?
Mac users running Mac OS X 10.12 (High Sierra) can run JRE 8 plug-ins. See:
JRE is used for desktop clients. JDK is used for application tier servers.
JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.
JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite. EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.
Internet Explorer Performance Issue
Launching JRE 1.8.0_73 through Internet Explorer will have a delay of around 20 seconds before the applet starts to load (Java Console will come up if enabled).
This issue fixed in JRE 1.8.0_74. Internet Explorer users are recommended to uptake this version of JRE 8.
Form Focus Issue Clicking outside the frame during forms launch may cause a loss of focus when running with JRE 8 and can occur in all Oracle E-Business Suite releases. To fix this issue, apply the following patch: