Confirmed: Office 2010 will be 32-bit and 64-bit

Recently Neowin reported that Office 14 (or Office 2010, you choose) will most likely be shipping in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. Well, as Ars Technica is reporting, this is fully confirmed by Microsoft themselves.

According to Ars Technica, an email exchange between them and a Microsoft spokesperson revealed that, "Yes, Office will have two separate 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Office 2010 will be the first to do this." This means that from now on, those running 64-bit versions of Windows will not longer have to emulate a 32-bit environment to have a working Office; it'll be fully compatible, with all the benefits 64-bit brings. As Office is one of the higher used products on Windows, having this available will greatly help with 64-bit adoption.

64-bit OS usage is apparently growing greatly, and this is another step on the ladder of better computing; hopefully other software developers will follow the trend now so we can become a 64-bit planet. Office 2010 is expected to ship within the next year or so, so keep an eye out for that, and more news as it arrives. Tell us, Neowin; now that there's more software heading towards a 64-bit future, will you be more enticed to the respective operating system?

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Chrono951 said,
I just hope they both come on the same DVD.

If MS was smart like they did with the Vista retail versions, they would allow you to order the other bit version from their site for free/nominal fee. Yeah, would be better if they were both on the same disc and you get to choose which bit version to install!

everything needs to be 64-bit. it's 2009, most hardware and software is 64-bit compatible. if it isn't, it's probably not worth buying anyway

Timmah339 said,
everything needs to be 64-bit. it's 2009, most hardware and software is 64-bit compatible. if it isn't, it's probably not worth buying anyway

Except the Atom processor, which is getting increasing usage. It's a bit like saying there's no point in keeping Windows XP right now, even though it's on above 90% of netbooks.

Robin.B said,
Except the Atom processor, which is getting increasing usage. It's a bit like saying there's no point in keeping Windows XP right now, even though it's on above 90% of netbooks.

Hance Intel really really needing to get a 64-bit Atom out. A 64-bit dual-core Atom, yummy!

That's great news. Adobe already has 64 bit version of Photoshop (CS4). Hopefully they'll make 64 bit versions for the rest of the apps in the next Creative Suite release.

s3n4te said,
Does working with a word document required the benefits of 64 bit?

Ah, people who do really big spreadsheets - believe me, this is the of the biggest arguments against OpenOffice.org is its failure to handle very large spreadsheets. Things will only keep getting worse as regulation will require that bean counters granulate their accounting of things within an organisation right down to the 4th toilet paper role use last week (nope, not a hyperbole - look at the legislation after the financial scandals).

I can definitely see where Office could take advantage of the 64 bit architecture, so this is a good move without alienating the established 32 bit market.

Great!! This will help drive people to 64bit, only potential issue is people buying the 64bit version and trying to install it on 32bit and wondering why it doesn't work.. if they could ship them both in one package that would be cool, and prevent confusion!

If they do it right then there will be one "setup.exe" which installs the correct version based on the version of Windows you are running. The end user would not even be aware of whether they installing the 32-bit or 64-bit version.

Hmm... But this is Microsoft, so there's no telling what they may do...

Chugworth said,
If they do it right then there will be one "setup.exe" which installs the correct version based on the version of Windows you are running. The end user would not even be aware of whether they installing the 32-bit or 64-bit version.

Hmm... But this is Microsoft, so there's no telling what they may do...

If it were that easy Microsoft would have shipped a 32/64 combo DVD when Windows Vista shipped. Then again, it comes back to how Microsoft does things (PE Executable) versus Apple (Mach-O/Fatbinaries).

Macalicious said,


If it were that easy Microsoft would have shipped a 32/64 combo DVD when Windows Vista shipped. Then again, it comes back to how Microsoft does things (PE Executable) versus Apple (Mach-O/Fatbinaries).


Uh it is that easy, MS already does that with SQL Server 2005 and 2008 installations... it has x86, x64 and Itanium all on the same disk, all launched from the same autorun program... as for why they do the install for vista seperate, its due to the size of the program... office is only 300 MB in 32bit... so 32 and 64 bit would definatly fit onto a DVD or even an 700MB CD

It's only that easy as we have wow32. So our installer can be 32bit, being compatible with both 32bit and 64bit. Then we can detect the current system and install the right version. It's actually super simple. If in the future 32bit was removed from Windows (like 16bit was) the installer could not run.
1 disc could host both a 32bit and a 64bit installer however

"it'll be fully compatible, with all the benefits 64-bit brings". Sadly Microsoft forgot or doesn't care about a 64-bit web folders component. On 64-bit systems, I'm forced to use the buggy WebDAV redirector instead of the nice old web folders client. I hope Office 64-bit includes that. WebDAV is a total mess right now on Windows, whether 32-bit or 64-bit. They need a clean implementation.

bits said,
It's only that easy as we have wow32. So our installer can be 32bit, being compatible with both 32bit and 64bit. Then we can detect the current system and install the right version. It's actually super simple. If in the future 32bit was removed from Windows (like 16bit was) the installer could not run.
1 disc could host both a 32bit and a 64bit installer however :)

I don't think we will need to worry about them removing the 32bit layer for quite some time.

bits said,
It's only that easy as we have wow32. So our installer can be 32bit, being compatible with both 32bit and 64bit. Then we can detect the current system and install the right version. It's actually super simple. If in the future 32bit was removed from Windows (like 16bit was) the installer could not run.
1 disc could host both a 32bit and a 64bit installer however :)


That's why the SQL installer launcher is *NOT* a compiled application but a HTA file which runs on what ever bit level the parser is at...

neufuse said,
as for why they do the install for vista seperate, its due to the size of the program...

Then how are there less-than-legal distro's of Vista out there, with the 32 and 64-bit flavors on the same single layer DVD? I am pretty sure Microsoft made the 32/64-bit flavors different discs for other reasons.

neufuse said,
as for why they do the install for vista seperate, its due to the size of the program...

Also don't forget that the installers for Vista are on DVD5s & if M$ wanted to put everything on 1 disc they could have simply used DVD9, which is double the size, if space was an issue.