Read and Review Automation Anywhere Documentation

Automation 360

Close Contents

Contents

Open Contents

Automation 360 v.24R2 Release Notes for Internet Explorer 11 EOL

  • Updated: 2022/05/27
    • Automation 360 v.x
    • Explore
    • RPA Workspace
    • Release Notes

Automation 360 v.24R2 Release Notes for Internet Explorer 11 EOL

Release date: 17 May 2022

This release notes applies to the Automation 360 v.24R2 patch release for Cloud, On-Premises, Sandbox, and Community Edition users impacted by the Internet Explorer end-of-life (IE EOL) and who have therefore chosen to convert IE bots.

Cloud, On-Premises, IQ Bot, Sandbox, and Community Edition are on Build 13343.
Note: The IQ Bot build does not include any specific updates and is available to match the Control Room build.

Why this release

Microsoft has announced end-of-life (EOL) for Internet Explorer beginning June 2022 and recommends Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Edge in IE mode. This release contains packages certified on Edge in IE mode and an IE Update Bot wizard to help you update bots in bulk to work with Edge in IE mode. The upcoming IE EOL might affect your deployments based on the operating system you are currently using where the bots are run.

See the following table for details:
Microsoft operating system Automation 360 bots
Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel Upgrade the bots to use a compatible browser.

For a list of supported browsers, see Browser requirements for RPA Workspace.

All other supported operating systems No immediate impact

Starting from the upcoming Automation 360 v.25 release, you will be prompted to access the Control Room through an alternative supported browser, such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium) instead of Internet Explorer. Your Control Room will no longer be accessible on Internet Explorer. By aligning with Microsoft's strategy for browser support, we can provide you with enhanced functionality that latest browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge make technologically possible.

Updating to this release

You can update to Automation 360 v.24R2 On-Premises from the following previous releases that are certified for update:
  • v.24 (Build 12350)
  • v.23 (Build 11513)
  • v.22 (Build 10526)
  • v.21 (Build 9664)

As Community Edition and Sandbox are Cloud deployments, no manual upgrade is required. These environments are automatically updated to Automation 360 v.24R2 Build 13343.

If you are not on any of the above certified releases, update Automation 360 to one of the certified releases (listed previously) before updating to this release.

For the latest updates to the Automation 360 extensions for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox, see Enhancements to browser extensions.

Bot agent updates

This release includes an optional Bot agent update. To use the features in Automation 360 v.24R2 patch, update the Bot agent available with the following builds:
  • Bot agent version 21.200 for Build 13343
  • Bot agent version 21.1000.14009 for Build 13331 (On-Premises pre-GA)

Note that if you want to run your existing bots, you do not have to update your Bot agent to this release.

If you have installed the Automation 360 v.24R2 pre-GA patch (Build 13331) with Bot agent version 21.1000.14009, perform the following steps.
  1. Uninstall the pre-GA Bot agent version 21.1000.14009.
  2. Install Bot agent version 21.200 for Automation 360 v.24R2 (Build 13343).
Important: If you have moved your bots from the user acceptance testing (UAT) environment and deployed them in a production (PROD) environment with Bot agent version 21.1000.14009, you must update the packages with the latest Bot agent version 21.200.

Community Edition features

Packages
Microsoft Edge browser support for Browser package and window variables
  • The following actions of the Browser package now support Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser:
    • Close
    • Get source code
    • Go back
    • Open
    • Run JavaScript
  • In the Browser option, you can now select the Microsoft Edge tabs from the list of active tabs.
Support for last used browser tab in Browser > Open action for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome
You can now open a web page on a new tab or an existing tab using the Last used browser tab preset in the following browsers:
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Edge with IE mode
  • Google Chrome
Automate Java web applications

You can now automate Java web applications that run on Microsoft Edge Chromium with IE mode by using the Recorder > Capture or the Start recording option.

Default wait time for loading page in Microsoft Edge browser with IE mode

When you automate any web applications in Microsoft Edge browser with IE mode, the Recorder now waits for 30 seconds by default to allow the web page to load completely before recording any objects on the page, thereby making object detection more reliable.

Cloud, On-Premises, and Sandbox features

Control Room and Packages
New Update Bot wizard for Internet Explorer
  • Use the new Update Bot wizard in the Control Room to convert your existing Internet Explorer bots to Microsoft Edge with IE mode to ensure that these converted bots continue to run after IE EOL.

    Update Bot wizard for converting IE bots

  • As an administrator, you can enable a user to use the Update Bot wizard by assigning the new Bot update feature permissions to access and convert a bot from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge with IE mode.

    Feature permissions for a role

  • Use the View Bot update action in a bot conversion instance to view the summary and status of each bot conversion. You can review action details at the individual line numbers and take action if required for the bots that are in failed status, or in completed with action or review required status.

    View conversion details for IE bots

Automate Java web applications

You can now automate Java web applications that run on Microsoft Edge Chromium with IE mode by using the Recorder > Capture or the Start recording option.

Convert Automation 360 bots with browser-specific packages using Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge with IE mode

You can convert bots that use Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge Chromium with IE mode for the following packages:

  • Recorder
  • Browser
  • Application
  • Simulate keystrokes
  • Screen
  • Mouse
  • Window
  • OCR
  • App Integration
  • Image Recognition
  • If
  • Loop
  • Wait

To convert these bots, use the Update Bot wizard in the Administration > Bot update tab in the Control Room.

Update Bot wizard for converting IE bots

The following properties of browser-based packages and actions are updated from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge browser with IE mode:
  • Bots created using the browser or application-based window, window title, and application path
  • Window variable's default value, window title, and window application path
  • Browser variables and browser title
Microsoft Edge browser support for Browser package and window variables
  • The following actions of the Browser package now support Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser:
    • Close
    • Get source code
    • Go back
    • Open
    • Run JavaScript
  • In the Browser option, you can now select the Microsoft Edge tabs from the list of active tabs.
Support for last used browser tab in Browser > Open action for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome
You can now open a web page on a new tab or an existing tab using the Last used browser tab preset in the following browsers:
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Edge with IE mode
  • Google Chrome
Default wait time for loading page in Microsoft Edge browser with IE mode

When you automate any web applications in Microsoft Edge browser with IE mode, the Recorder now waits for 30 seconds by default to allow the web page to load completely before recording any objects on the page, thereby making object detection more reliable.

Migration features
Scan bots that use Microsoft Internet Explorer

You can now use the Bot Scanner to scan and identify Internet Explorer bots. You can also analyze the report generated by the Bot Scanner to get usage statistics about Internet Explorer used in your bots.

Scanning bots that use Internet Explorer | Analyze report for Internet Explorer bots | Internet Explorer conversion or scanning messages

Packages and actions

You can now migrate and convert Internet Explorer bots from Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 to Automation 360 with Microsoft Edge with IE mode for the following packages and actions:

  • App Integration
  • Delay
  • IF/ELSE and Loop
  • Image Recognition
  • Launch Website
  • Manage Window Controls
  • MetaBot Screen
  • Mouse
  • Object Cloning

    Image Play mode and Coordinates Play mode are supported. Coordinates Play mode supports the mouse click action with keystrokes after it.

  • OCR
  • Open Program/File
  • Screen
  • Simulate keystrokes
  • Wait

    Support for Wait for condition, Wait for screen change, and Wait for window actions

  • Web Recorder
  • Windows Actions

For more information, see Package mapping for migration.

To migrate and convert bots, go