Microsoft has confirmed that Office 14, also referred to as Office 2010, will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. This will be the first time that Office is available as a 64-bit application. The 64-bit versions of Windows will no longer have to emulate a 32-bit environment in order to run Office 2010, provided that the user has the 64-bit version installed.
This should significantly help 64-bit adoption, not only because Office is one of the most-used products, but because other vendors (think Adobe or Sun) are likely to follow in Microsoft’s footsteps when it comes to offering the next version of their products. For those wondering, Office 4.3 was the last 16-bit version, and Office 95 was the first 32-bit version (to match Windows 95).
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