Extended support for Java 7 announced - Blackboard Learn

Discussion created by wweichel on Feb 19, 2016

I'm happy to share an update with the community regarding Java 7. We've entered into an extended support agreement with Oracle on behalf of all Blackboard Learn clients. The support announcement went out today. We have to work through some legal items yet, but we should have Java SE updates available to you in the coming weeks. Thank you all for your patience as we worked through the negotiations for this agreement.


Extended Support for Java 7 from Oracle – Article #41867

Date Published: Feb 19,2016 Category: Product:System Infrastructure; Version:9.1 SP10 (9.1.100401.0),9.1 SP11 (9.1.110082.0),9.1 SP12 (9.1.120113.0),9.1 SP13 (9.1.130093.0),9.1 SP14 (9.1.140152.0),Learn April 2014 (9.1.201404.160205),Learn October 2014 (9.1.201410.160373),Learn 9.1 Q4 2015 (9.1.201510.1171621) Article No.: 000041867 


Product: Blackboard Learn

Type:Support Bulletin 

Bulletin/Advisory Information: 

Blackboard is pleased to announce we have entered into an extended support agreement with Oracle for Java SE on behalf of all Blackboard Learn clients.  This agreement gives clients access to the latest bug fixes and security updates for Java 7, for which Oracle no longer provides updates without an extended support agreement.


Java 7 is the software on which the application runs for Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP10 though Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2015.  Self-hosted clients will be able to download Java 7 updates on Behind the Blackboard in the coming weeks. Managed Hosting clients can request Java 7 updates if appropriate in a few weeks.  The terms of the agreement limit Java updates only to be used on Blackboard Learn instances and cannot be used for other Java applications. The agreement will end in February 2017.


Starting with the Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2016 release, the application will run on Java 8, the currently supported version of Java SE.  For this reason, Java updates under this extended support agreement will not be necessary.