“We are half-way through 2010 and the ship date for Office for Mac 2011 is drawing near,” Jake Hoelter, Product Unit Manager, Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) blogs for “Mac Mojo: The Office for Mac Team Blog.”
“In Office 2011, we’ve made investments in better compatibility between Office for Mac and Windows Office, which is the largest request we receive from customers,” Hoelter reports. “We think we have some outstanding improvements to show you in this area, and we’ll continue to share details in coming weeks.”
“Our work to increase compatibility means we haven’t completed the transition of moving the entire user interface over to Cocoa yet,” Hoelter reports. “And because Apple’s frameworks require us to complete the move to Cocoa before we can build a 64-bit version, Office 2011 will be 32-bit only.”
“What does this mean to you? While Cocoa makes our job building Office easier, Office 2011 will look and feel great regardless of what technology is powering which bit of user interface. The largest difference between using a 32-bit and 64-bit version is the memory capacity available for your content,” Hoelter reports. “Most users with typical or even larger-than-average document content will not notice a difference in performance. Where 64-bit can make a difference is for people working with huge amounts of data, such as those creating very large Excel files with data in millions of cells, or PowerPoint presentations with thousands of high resolution images.”
Hoelter reports, “The Windows Office Engineering team explained the differences earlier this year, recommending that most people use the 32-bit version of Office 2010 for the best compatibility, even on 64-bit versions of Windows.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Fred Mertz" for the heads up.]