Back to the Future of Forms Pt.94
We do know that by the time Project Fusion has finished in 2013 the whole of the Oracle E-Business Suite will be all Java web stuff, no Forms whatsoever. But the next version of Oracle Applications (12) will still have a hefty slice of Forms in it. Whilst Apps is a consumer of Forms there will be support.
What happens to Forms after Apps no longer uses them is a different matter. Presumably as long as enough people are prepared to keep paying for the licences I guess Oracle will provide support, maybe even enhancements. Which is, I suppose, the real reason for the de-support of client/server Forms.
In the old days Oracle could afford to just licence the Forms IDE, as a way of subsidising the development environment for Oracle Apps. But once Oracle had decided to take the Java open road that stopped being such a big concern. It became more important that Forms customers pay their own way. By requiring Forms users to stump up for Application Server licences Oracle have turned the product into a sustainable revenue stream. Or killed it off. Take your pick.
I have just noticed that Forms Product Manager Grant Ronald recently wrote on The 2013 Conspiracy.