The free Extended Support period for Oracle 11.2.04 has been extended for the second time. Oracle will now offer Extended Support for free to its customers with a current maintenance agreement up until Dec 31, 2018. This is almost a full two years away. Those running on Oracle 18.104.22.168 can breath a sigh of relieft that they have more time to get upgraded to 12c.
I will admit I am a bit surprised that Oracle is extending free ES for 22.214.171.124 another time. But maybe it shouldn’t surprise me because now it makes my statements in this Search Oracle article inaccurate. http://searchoracle.techtarget.com/tip/Ten-reasons-to-do-an-Oracle-database-upgrade
Today we also learned that Oracle 126.96.36.199 now has a release date for on-premise deployments. Oracle 12cR2 was released in 2016, but as a cloud-first release. This was an incentive from Oracle to drive you to their cloud infrastructure. Those not on the cloud yet have been eagerly awaiting the ability to download the newest version. You will be able to do so on March 15, 2017 for Intel and Solaris platforms. Other platforms will follow later.
For more details, refer to MOS Note 742060.1 and this blog article: https://blogs.oracle.com/UPGRADE/entry/release_dates_oracle_database_12