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8.1.7 improvements over 8.1.5

I'm the Oracle DBA for a local corporation, and we have an individual Oracle database for each company in the corporation. The current version is 8.1.7 on all databases except one that runs 8.1.5, on which I want to make an upgrade to 8.1.7. But I need to justify the downtime needed to make the upgrade, and I have had trouble finding the improvements that version 8.1.7 has over version 8.1.5. Can you please tell me where I can find these specifications?

The biggest reason to make the upgrade is bug fixes! Oracle 8.1.5 was a little "buggy". Oracle 8.1.7 is much more stable. Additionally, Oracle stopped supporting 8.1.5 some time ago. Oracle 8.1.7 is the only fully supported Oracle 8i release available. Oracle 8.1.6 also introduced some new features that aren't available in 8.1.5. You can consult the Oracle 8i Getting To Know guide for more details.

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