Office 2010 – The 64-bit Question

So I purchase a new computer with 64-bit Windows 7 and, with Office 2010 coming out with both 32 and 64-bit versions, I am thinking 64-bit is the way to go. Why would I want to run 32-bit software on a 64-bit OS if there is a 64-bit version available? iTunes makes you run its 64-bit version on 64-bit Windows. So I load 64-bit Office 2010.

However, in both Windows IT Pro magazine and PC World the writers say you should run the 32-bit version of Office 2010 even on 64-bit Windows. Windows IT Pro said some add-ons might not work with 64-bit Office and PC World said Microsoft even said unless you need to open very large spreadsheets or project files, stick with 32-bit Office. I am confused. If Microsoft wants most people to use 32-bit Office, then why even make 64-bit Office? Microsoft is forcing the server market to go 64-bit, first with Exchange and now with Windows Server. It seems logical you would release both versions of Office, like Microsoft has done, but recommend 64-bit OS users to use 64-bit Office. Eventually add-ons will catch up as more people run 64-bit Office

The only big add-on I use is an APA template for Word made by Reference Point Software. I have asked them if it is compatible with Word 2010 64-bit and will post the answer when I receive it.

Otherwise, I don’t see any issues with using Office 2010 64-bit. One thing I just read, though, is that if you load Office 2010 64-bit, any other Office programs you load (like Visio, Project, etc.) must also be 64-bit. If I run into any issues, I will post a follow-up.

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