Office 2016 for mac on 64bits edition?

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  1. sheepk macrumors newbie

    sheepk

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    Hi,

    I just installed office 2016 for Mac, and realized it is a 32 bits version.
    Do you know if it is possible to install a 64 bits version?

    Would someone have some feedback to share on the performance and stability of the 64 bits version if it exists?

    Thanks a lot,
    SK
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    What does the 64bit version give you that the 32bit doesn't?

    From googling, it seems the preview was 32bit, so it stands to reason the retail version is 32bit as well.
     
  3. sheepk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Maybe we could expect better performance from Office if it was in a 64bits version ?
     
  4. dZp macrumors 6502a

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    The words Office and Performance do not belong in the same sentence!
     
  5. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    Read this, paying attention to the last section, about limitations of the 64-bit Windows version that would apply to a Mac suite as well: https://support.office.com/fr-fr/ar...t-Office-2dee7807-8f95-4d0c-b5fe-6c6f49b8d261 or
    https://support.office.com/en-us/ar...f-Office-2DEE7807-8F95-4D0C-B5FE-6C6F49B8D261

    There is no 64-bit version of Mac office, and likely won't be available for several years. MS recommends the 32-bit version for several reasons, even on the Windows platform.

    Regarding the 64-bit version: Most add-ons have not been updated, many controls have not been updated, most of the VBA declarations won't work, and database tie-ins with Access (a major reason to work with Excel and Access) have to be completely rewritten - a major PITA. None of the add-ons or VBA modules I've purchased over the years - on either OS platform - have been updated to the 64-bit memory space.

    IMHO, if you need that much memory space you're working with another OS and not on the MS Office platform. I use a dedicated user account for my Office 2016 use, on a speedy rMBP and it works very well. I have also used a utility named Little Snitch, which runs in the background and monitors network traffic - Office 2011 and Office 2016 maintain constant network connections and "phone home" a lot, so a decent network connection seems to help out as well...
     
  6. cylack macrumors member

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    Office for Mac is now available in 64 bit versions. To get it now, enable the option to join the "Office Insider Program" in Microsoft Autoupdate and choose "Office Insider Fast" .
     
  7. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    You go first! ;)
     
  8. CWallace macrumors 603

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    Not really, for even as bloated as it is, Office doesn't need to address more than 2GB of RAM in general. :)

    And the initial 64-bit versions of Office for Windows were often dicey (within Microsoft we were advised to use the 32-bit version). Many (if not most) third-party add-ons for Office are also not currently compatible with the 64-bit code, either.

    So in general, you should not see a difference in performance between a 32-bit and 64-bit version.
     
  9. agentsmithone macrumors member

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    Office 2016 is 32-bit. The performance increase for the ability to access more than 4GB RAM must've been negligible for the pain of breaking plugins and such.
     
  10. cylack macrumors member

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    I am not having any problems running the new 64 bit versions, but I don't use any third party plugins.
     

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