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Microsoft Office 14 First to Go 64-bit

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Office 14 First to Go 64-bit

It's one of those 'about time' moments...

Some industrious snooping by neowin.net has dug up some rather interesting data in the files for the latest Office 14 beta. Located inside the Migwiz.xml are these code extensions:

Of course while still unofficial it would be hugely silly of Microsoft not to finally bring native 64-bit functionality to the Microsoft Office product line. Windows 7 after all is being touted as the first Microsoft OS which will see significant 64-bit take up - both from upgraders and direct sale by retailers.

The obvious upside to 64-bit computing in this scenario is the ability to make use of vastly more RAM as well as better data encryption which from 64-bit registers would be a major plus to high level organisations and MI5-types who enjoy leaving laptops on trains and in cabs.

All this is chicken and the egg stuff though as more 64-bit software encourages more 64-bit OS take-up and more 64-bit OS take up spurs on developers to make more native 64-bit programmes. The good news: rightly or wrongly, they don't come much bigger or more influential then Microsoft Office...

Expect Microsoft to official this up soon, even if the productivity suite itself won't be available until 2010.


via neowin.net

Tim Rice

March 26, 2009, 4:46 am

You should really consider losing the regular snide remarks about Microsoft in every article concerning them ("..about time..").

Although many readers will agree with your dislike of Microsoft, this kind of petty, cheap shot at the industry whipping boy just detracts from the professional, high-quality approach of the rest of the site. Whilst reasoned criticism is fine, cheap shots should be left to teenage boys.


March 26, 2009, 5:43 am

Microsoft Office 14 First to Go 64-bit ? But isn't Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac OS X already 64-bit ? =;-)


March 26, 2009, 6:08 am

I do find it odd we have had the 64bit MS OS for a while now and yet no 64bit office until 2010!


March 26, 2009, 2:22 pm

Firstly, I agree wholeheartedly with Tim Rice - I really do miss reasoned criticism in the news section. Secondly, how would a 64-bit OS in itself provide for better data encryption? A 64-bit OS can compute the encryption operations faster so, for example, increasing key size would not cause as much of a performance penalty. However, the ability to use strong encyption is not really dictated by the OS being 32 or 64-bit (e.g. we are right now commonly using 2048 bit keys in a 32-bit OS).

Geoff Richards

March 26, 2009, 2:30 pm

I think Gordon's point is that Windows has been available in 64-bit form since 2005 (it will be 4 years next month) and there are millions of 64-bit capable PCs in use every day. So why wasn't Office 2007 made available in 64-bit?

Honestly, I'm not really sure it's necessary either way, but I don't think the "about time" comments constitute Microsoft bashing.


March 26, 2009, 4:00 pm

@Tim Rice - get over yourself, it IS about time and has nothing to do with Microsoft bashing. I personally use a PC, have never owned a Mac and have been waxing lyrical about Windows 7 for months now (I use it as my primary OS).

Drop the cheap shots and put in some research before making random snide remarks.

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