Microsoft Office upgraded to 64-bit for Mac

August 24, 2016 5:50 pm | Updated 5 years ago.

Recently Microsoft has released the 64-bit versions of MS Office 2016 applications for the Mac users, after a series of testing since April. Five of the MS office applications i.e. Outlook, Word, PowerPoint OneNote and Excel will now be updated to 64-bit for all the users. The applications will be automatically updated on its regular update schedule.

Apple has been requesting the developers to come up with the 64-bit version of the Office applications for a long time as their operating system supports only 64-bit Intel processors since 2011’s OS X Lion. Now the users can work with larger files sizes due to the fact that 64-bit operating system can access a large part of the memory.

After September this year, Office 2016 for Mac will only be available for 64-bit operating systems while the Windows users get both 32- and 64-bit applications.

Microsoft said, “There may be situations in which the customer has to change code that’s not 64-bit ready. If customers can’t immediately move forward to 64-bit builds, we will make available a one-time 32-bit update for the 15.25 release in addition to the default 64-bit updates.”

The 32-bit version for the 15.25 release must be downloaded directly from Microsoft’s site.



Date of Publication: Aug 23, 2016