Oracle Application R12 | Using Microsoft Edge Chrome for versions 11 & 12.0.xx

Updated on 8th October 2021 for Microsoft Edge Version 94.0.x.x & for Windows 11 that comes without Internet Explorer (or it doesn’t allow you to start Internet Explorer)

A much easier method is available with versions later than the one I used earlier.

Step# 1. Go to Edge settings (type edge://settings in the address bar and select “Default Browser”

Change “Allow sites to be reloaded in the Internet Explorer mode” to “Allow”, that will require you to restart the browser. Please restart

Step# 2. Now enter the address of your Oracle Application in the address bar and wait for the login page to load. Once loaded, click on the “three dots” menu by the extreme right of the browser and select “Reload in Internet Explorer mode”

This will open another dialog box as seen with the above image. Toggle “Open this page in Internet Explorer mode next time” and click “Done” button, that will produce more notifications like the one you could see with the below image.

It asks you to leave the Internet Explorer mode and another button “Show in toolbar”. This is an interesting button, clicking that starts showing a small tool button in the tools area and the button will reload the current page in “Internet Explorer mode”.

That’s all. Just click the toolbar button and your Oracle Application login page will be loaded in “Internet Explorer mode” immediately.

Toggling the switch to “Open this page in Internet Explorer mode next time” in the “Step# 2” adds an entry to “Internet Explorer mode pages” area for your current page and the entry is valid for next 30 days. Microsoft is expecting you to modernize your “page” within those next 30 days ;). Once this entry expires, you must get the “Open this page in Internet Explorer mode next time” dialog box once again.

October 8, 2021 update ends here.

After 25 years ever since it was launched, Windows 11 will be the first OS that is not shipping with Internet Explorer.

How does this matter to Businesses those use Oracle Application versions 11 & 12.0.xx? Well, currently Internet Explorer is the only one browser that allows to load Oracle JRE (NPAPI client) for Oracle Forms, on which much of the Oracle module rely.

Oracle Applications has patched the latest releases with a technology called JWS (Java Web Start), that let’s the users to download a jnlp file from the application and Oracle Java Run Time to start in desktop mode (without being loaded in a browser session) loading Oracle Forms. Well, this enhancement is not available for Application versions 11 & 12.0.xx

Microsoft was expecting a huge cry from the Businesses that use Oracle Applications/legacy implementations those cost millions of dollars and fine tuned for Internet Explorer. Cutting these businesses could mean loads for Microsoft, So they have integrated “IE Mode” into their chromium based “Edge browser”, which is the default browser on Windows 11. IE Mode makes Edge Chrome to “act” as if it were Internet Explorer for legacy Web based applications & loads NPAPI clients like JRE.

Today let us see how to configure Microsoft Edge Chrome for Oracle Applications.

Start Microsoft Edge Chrome & open “Settings”

Click on Default Browser & spend a moment to check currently set options.

Let us change few of those settings like shown below.

Let Internet Explorer open sites in Microsoft Edge -> Change to Allow

Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode ->Change to “Allow”. This will require you to restart the browser.

You must add the sites those you want to open in IE mode by clicking “Internet Explorer mode pages” Add button. Such pages will have maximum 30 days validity. Without, JRE will not load and will prompt you to download it from the default location.

Now, let us click the restart button & give it a try.

That’s all folks.

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