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Microsoft Office Professional / Project / Visio 2010 – x64 or x86? (64 bit vs. 32 bit)

Posted on April 16, 2010 by - 6,805 views

So here’s a couple of good questions for my geek friends out there…

1. How many of you went to your Microsoft TechNet Subscriber account to get the latest and greatest Office Professional Plus 2010 OR Project 2010 OR Visio 2010 today?�
I’m sure quite a lot, if not all of you did 

2. Now many of you immediately went and downloaded the 64 bit version?�
After all, your computer’s operating system is probably Windows 7 64 bit right?

3. Did you get a chance to read the View Details, before clicking the Download link?

TechNet Office 2010

 Well here’s what is says:

Instructions and Resources
Important: Microsoft strongly recommends the use of 32-bit (x86) versions of Office 2010, Project 2010, and Visio 2010 applications as the default option for all platforms.

Learn more about the deployment considerations for x64 and x86 at:
64-bit editions of Office 2010

Now don’t get me wrong. Sometimes there is a perfectly valid reason for installing the 64 bit application. Perhaps if you have monster-sized Excel spreadsheets or Project schedules (they do exist). But really think it through….

What ever you do please read the article from the link.
Good Luck!

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