Microsoft: Office for Mac 2011 will be 32-bit only

Apple Store USA“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.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Big question; Will it open docx, the propriety XML owned by Lucent. The technology they have lost 2 appeals over in US high court. The older generation are the only ones to scared to move to try new apps to do old tricks.

  2. Apple will be on 128-bit by the time Microsoft gets it’s 64-bit working without the bugs! Cocoa was out about 10 years ago and Microsoft isn’t there yet. I am shocked! (No not really … It’s the Microsoft way of doing business.)

    The only unstable / crashing applications on my MacBook Pro are from Microsoft!

  3. Let’s see. When I use Word 2004 or 2008 for a technical report with inserted graphics from other sources, it gets very squirrly after about 2 insertions. At about 5 it is almost unusable. Not to mention jumping pages and awful tools.

    With Pages, placing inserts (graphs, charts, pics, pdfs, etc) is a breeze and it doesn’t get squirrly for many pages. I hate the user interface. Can you believe they use the paragraph symbol for three entirely different things. Very confusing. Hard to find functions buried under many menus. Very un-Apple like.

    But back to topic. If I have a “tedious” document to create, which is frequently, I do it in Pages, then export it to pdf. I may export it to Word if necessary. I have had no problems with the Word version, unless I want to edit it, then it does its usual self destruction.

    Numbers is another story. I have the “08” version of Numbers. It is not ready for prime time. I would rate it as “not ready for release”. It is too far below a good finished product.

    I use for a lot of my work, and Excel for the rest.

  4. Easy to tell who the blind followers are here. They are the sanctimonious ones trashing Office just because it’s from MS. They are obviously just email and web surfers with no need to actually be productive.

    They are also the ones who will strike out in this news conveniently ignoring facts pointed out about Apple’s core programs being 32 bit.

    You folks make Apple fans look like fools!

  5. Actually meant to write iWork. Numbers is up to excel, keynotebis better than Power point and I agree that pages is not yet what a pro word processor could be but is pretty nifty and offers good desktop publishing options that are useful and valuable to most word processing users. Nisus and many other Mac word processors offer same for better functionality and translators than Word though.

  6. If Apple gets it act together on the office suite and make a version of iWork that is 75% as functional as M$ Office… They will bury M$ for good.

    just my $0.02

    P.S. It may require bundling Bento with iWork, though.

  7. I always get a chuckle from people complaining about Pages. Whenever I ask about the “missing” feature they need, it turns out not to be missing. The list of things Word does that Pages doesn’t is much shorter than people think.

    My $0.98

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