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32 or 64-bit Office Pro?

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It is recommended that one downloads the 32-bit bit Office Pro even though the 64-bit one is also available. I have seen these recommendations in several places. . What is wrong\incomplete\incompatible, etc, with Office Pro x64 where x86 is preferred? Is it simply the case that Muicrosoft has not had a chance to update all their software to be comaptible with 64-bit so 32-bit is the "easy" way out?

 

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LearnerDude

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  • In a few words: for basic editing and office tasks you can go with the 32-bit version.

    If you have large amounts of data to work with in Excel for example, then the 64-bit is preferred.

    And no, it is normal for Microsoft to offer both versions, there is nothing wrong with that...

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  • Its a compatibilty issue with other tools. Alot of the office plugins, addons, extensions etc. out there are only available in 32bit. If you install a 64bit version of office and theres no matching 64bit version of the addon/plugin/etc you want to use, you're out of luck. Use 64bit if you need to work with office files that are bigger than 2GB, otherwise stick to 32bit Office for now.

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  • In a few words: for basic editing and office tasks you can go with the 32-bit version.

    If you have large amounts of data to work with in Excel for example, then the 64-bit is preferred.

    And no, it is normal for Microsoft to offer both versions, there is nothing wrong with that...

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  • Its a compatibilty issue with other tools. Alot of the office plugins, addons, extensions etc. out there are only available in 32bit. If you install a 64bit version of office and theres no matching 64bit version of the addon/plugin/etc you want to use, you're out of luck. Use 64bit if you need to work with office files that are bigger than 2GB, otherwise stick to 32bit Office for now.

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    Stephan K.
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  • Thanks for the good answer.  LearnerDude.

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