On April 1, 2019, PeopleSoft announced the Micro Focus Visual COBOL compiler is now certified with PeopleTools 8.56.15+ and 8.57.05+. This certification comes ahead of the December 2020 date, when the existing Net Express and Server Express products are scheduled to go into sustaining support. Customers who choose not to adopt the Micro Focus Visual COBOL compiler by December 2020 may still run Micro Focus Net Express and Server Express, however, as a component of Sustaining Support, Oracle will provide "best effort" support, and no new fixes will be pursued or issued.
It is also important to note the Micro Focus Visual COBOL Compiler will be the only Micro Focus COBOL compiler certified with PeopleTools 8.58, which went GA December 18, 2019 for Oracle Cloud customers. Access to PeopleTools 8.58 for on premises customers is targeted with the GA of the 8.58.03 patch in April, 2020. As a result, institutions running Micro Focus Net Express or Server Express will need to implement the Micro Focus Visual COBOL Compiler as part of, or prior to, any upgrade to PeopleTools 8.58.
There is no additional charge for migrating to the Micro Focus Visual COBOL Compiler. Customers only need to acquire a new COBOL license file following the process outlined in Using Visual COBOL with PeopleSoft (MOS Doc ID: 2523494.1). Additionally, it is important to note that Oracle's testing has shown zero COBOL code changes are required to make the switch from the old Micro Focus Net Express and Server Express versions to the new Visual COBOL product line. Answers to common questions can be found in the comprehensive FAQ attached to the MOS Doc.