Microsoft Office 14 to ship in 32 and 64-bit versions

By on March 25, 2009, 4:25 PM
Anyone who has made the switch to a 64-bit operating system will know most applications aren't 64-bit native yet. But things have been changing fast in the past year as users move to newer hardware and computer vendors push 64-bit systems with larger amounts of RAM by default. Microsoft has previously stated it expects the majority of Windows 7 installations to be 64-bit and now the company is apparently ready to move other software in that direction as well.

ZDNet's Ed Bott has done some digging around and reportedly found references to both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 14 inside the 'migwiz.xml' file that comes with post-beta builds of Windows 7. This appears to indicate that fully native 64-bit builds of Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Visio, and Word are on the way as an option when Office 14 goes live. In addition, the file points out the ability to upgrade from either Office 2003 or 2007 to Office 14 in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.

Regardless of how much or little effect this will have on the suite, performance-wise, it could encourage more software developers to start developing their own 64-bit applications too. The fact that these codes are to be implemented in the final release of Windows 7 later this year also confirms Microsoft’s plans to release Office 14 in early 2010, according to Bott.

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DarkCobra said:
Offering both 32 and 64 bit versions will be a welcome improvement. Now just make that stupid Toolbar Ribbon optional and I'll be really happy.
tengeta said:
I liked the ribbon stuff at first, but I realized the other day when buying a Netbook that its going to be a real pain to have that taking so much of my screen.OpenOffice is faster anyways, and actually opens your documents 100% of the time.
windmill007 said:
Just make everything 64bit..... dragging along an old dog gets you nowhere fast.
burty117 said:
I agree, 32 bit is old now, if we started using 64 bit then computers hardware sepc would also move along as they cound have huge amounts of RAM and generally a better system. Plus I have Vista ultimate 64 bit and its compatible with 32 bit fine, I think microsoft should only release 64 bit to help software move along.
DarkCobra said:
My primary system is a 64 bit Quad Core Vista System and I love it. I still have two laptops on 32 bit systems. However, some seem to be forgetting that most systems out there are still 32 bit. Yes, our 64 bit systems are backward compatible with 32 bit programs and will accommodate both. However. all those untold millions of 32 bit systems are not forward compatible with 64 bit software and until that happens it is reasonable and prudent for MS to provide for both systems.Sure, we're all in favor of moving the progress ball forward, but let's not leave behind millions of others in the process. I'm loving my 64 bit system but I have no problem in MS continuing dual support for the millions of 32 bit systems that are still out there and actually making up the vast majority of desktop computers out there.
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