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Deprecated and Removed Features

Adobe constantly evaluates product capabilities, to over time reinvent or replace older features with more modern alternatives to improve overall customer value, always under careful consideration of backward compatibility.
To communicate the impending removal/replacement of AEM capabilities, the following rules apply:
  1. Announcement of deprecation comes first. While deprecated, capabiiities are still available, but they will not be further enhanced.
  2. Removal of deprecated capabilities will occur in the following major release at the earliest. Actual target date for removal will be announced.
This process gives customers at least one release cycle to adapt their implementation to a new version or successor of a deprecated capability, before actual removal.

Deprecated Features

This section lists features and capabilities that have been marked as deprecated with AEM 6.4. Generally, features that are planned to be removed in a future release are set to deprecated first, with an alternative provided.
Customers are advised to review if they make use of the feature/capability in their current deployment, and make plans to change their implementation to use the alternative provided.
Area Feature Replacement
UI
Adobe does not plan to make further enhancements to the Classic UI. AEM 6.4 has the Classic UI included, and customers upgrading from earlier releases can keep using it as is. Note that Classic UI remains fully supported while being deprecated.
  • /libs/cq/core/content/welcome.html
  • /siteadmin
  • /damadmin
  • /mcmadmin
  • /inbox
  • /tagging
  • /cf# (Page Editor)
  • /libs/launches/content/admin.html
  • /libs/cq/workflow/content/console.html
Customers are advised to switch to use the new AEM UI.
Components
Adobe does not plan to make further enhancements to the Foundation Components listed below. AEM 6.4 has the Foundation Components included, and customers upgrading from earlier releases can keep using them as is. Note that Foundation Components remain fully supported while being deprecated.
  • foundation/components/account/accountname
  • foundation/components/account/actions
  • foundation/components/account/passwordreset
  • foundation/components/account/requestconfirmation
  • foundation/components/adaptiveimage
  • foundation/components/assetsharepage
  • foundation/components/breadcrumb
  • foundation/components/form/creditcard
  • foundation/components/listchildren
  • foundation/components/login
  • foundation/components/logo
  • foundation/components/mobilefooter
  • foundation/components/mobileimage
  • foundation/components/mobilelist
  • foundation/components/mobilelogo
  • foundation/components/mobilereference
  • foundation/components/mobiletextimage
  • foundation/components/mobiletopnav
  • foundation/components/search
  • foundation/components/sitemap
  • foundation/components/table
  • foundation/components/toolbar
  • foundation/components/topnav
  • foundation/components/userinfo
Customers are advised to use the Core Components for future projects. Existing sites do not need to be changed.
Components
Adobe does not plan to make further enhancements to the Foundation Components listed below. AEM 6.4 has the Foundation Components included, and customers upgrading from earlier releases can keep using them as is. Note that Foundation Components remain fully supported while being deprecated.
  • foundation/components/timing
At the point of writing, it's not planned to provide a replacement.
Portal Director
The Portal Director is a set of features, that enables the hosting of AEM content via Portlet in 3rd party servers.
Adobe does not plan to make further enhancements to the Portal Dirtector feature under the location listed below. AEM 6.4 has the Portal Director included, and customers upgrading from earlier releases can keep using it as is. Note that Portal Direct remains fully supported while being deprecated.
  • /libs/portal/director
At the point of writing, it's not planned to provide a replacement.
Portlet Component
Portlet Components under /foundation/components/portlet enables the hosting of JSR Portlets in AEM as components.
Adobe does not plan to make further enhancements to the Portlet Component feature. AEM 6.4 has the Portlet Component included, and customers upgrading from earlier releases can keep using it as is. Note that Portlet Component remains fully supported while being deprecated.
At the point of writing, it's not planned to provide a replacement.
Forms
Support for Adobe Central Migration Bridge service has been deprecated as Adobe Central product is no longer supported.
Assets
Assets Offloading has been deprecated starting with AEM 6.4

Removed Features

This section lists features and capabilities that have been removed from AEM 6.4. Prior releases had these capabilites marked as depreacted.
Area Feature Replacement
Analytics Activity Map The version of the Activity Map that is included within AEM. Due to security changes within the Adobe Analytics API, it is no longer possible to use the version of Activity Map that is included within AEM. The ActivityMap plugin provided by Adobe Analytics should now be used.
Components Form Captcha (foundation/components/form/captcha) Use the ReCaptcha by Google component instead
Components Slideshow (foundation/components/slideshow) No replacement
Components Flash (foundation/components/flash) No replacement
Components Removed support to playback SWF files in the video component (foundation/components/video) Use none-flash based video formats.
Components Product Table (commerce/components/product_table) No replacement
Task Management Classic UI Task Management (/libs/cq/taskmanagement/content/taskmanager.html) Deprecated since 6.0. Use the new task management that is combined with the workflow UI.
Workflow Notification UI used between 5.6-6.2 (/libs/cq/workflow/content/notifications.html) Workflow Inbox /aem/inbox
Forms Export PDF to PDF/E-1 format using PDF Generator has been removed. PDF Generator continues to support exporting PDF to PDF/A-1a/b, PDF/A-2a/b, and PDF/A-3a/b formats.
Forms Support for default AEM Captcha service in adaptive forms has been removed. Use ReCaptcha by Google instead.
Forms Support for images inside document fragments has been removed. Interactive communications provides the capability to use images in print and web channels directly.
Communities Support for Captcha verification has been removed. Use custom captcha integration (such as reCAPTCHA by Google) for verification.

Pre-announcement for Next Release

This section is used to pre-announce changes in future release, that are not deprecated, but will impact customers. These are provided for planning purpose.
Area Feature Annoucement
Browser Support Microsoft Internet Explorer AEM 6.4 is the last release that supports Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.
Foundation UI Framework Adobe is deprecating the Coral UI 2 components in 2019. AEM 6.4 is completely based on Coral UI 3 (introduced with AEM 6.2). Adobe recommends its customers and partners that have build custom UIs with Coral 2 to refactored these to Coral 3. Adobe offers a tool to convert Coral 2 dialogs to Coral 3 - Read more .