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Less You can install Office from a disc or by downloading it. Because of potential backward compatibility issues the default installed version is bit. However, if the bit version is a better choice, follow the bit installation procedure in this article. For more information about the bit version, see Choose the bit or bit version of Office. If you want to do a custom install or uninstall where you select only some apps, see the section below Install or remove individual Office programs or components.
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It offers to install the bit version but I know there is also a bit version available. I seem to recall that Microsoft used to recommend to install the bit version, even on a bit version of Windows but that was some years ago. Does Microsoft still recommend installing the bit version?

What are the downsides or benefits when I install the bit version? Where can I download the bit version of Office? As of the release of Office , Microsoft is now recommending to install the bit version of Office unless you have a specific need which still requires the bit version.

For Office , the default for new installations has now been set to bit and Office will follow soon. Although the considerations for using bit vs bit are the same for Office , and , the default for new installations of these versions will remain bit for now.

Luckily, it is easy enough to select which bit version you want to install in case you do not want the default one. You can find instructions for this at the bottom of this guide.

Benefits of using the bit version of Office In general, the main benefit of using the bit version of Office, is that it can use access memory when needed. With the bit version of Office, the application can only use up to 2GB of memory, even when more is available in your computer.

Using the bit version of Office will for instance allow you to work with large data sets like Excel workbooks or Project files that are over 2GB in size. Similarly, when you are working with large Word documents or PowerPoint presentations that are very rich with multimedia pictures, videos, complex animations, etc… or large tables or other embedded objects, the bit version can be of help.

The bit version of Office also offers a security benefit as it always has Hardware Data Execution Prevention DEP enabled although this can be enabled for the bit version as well. When it comes to Outlook, using the bit version of Outlook does not have any direct benefits. The functionality within Outlook is the same and there is also no noticeable performance increase by using the bit edition. When should I consider to still use the bit version? The main reason for the original recommendation was compatibility with existing add-ins for Office.

For an add-in to work with the bit version of Office, it needs to be recompiled by the developer specifically for the bit version of Office. In some cases the developer also needs to make some specific changes for bit support or needs to wait for specific libraries, that the add-in relies on, to be recompiled for bit.

This last add-in is actually a very old add-in that is also not compatible with the bit version of Outlook and later but there is an alternative. A similar issue exists with other applications that integrate themselves with Office or rely on Office components. They have to be made aware that they can also expect a bit version of Office and of course be compatible with it.

When an application integrates with Outlook at MAPI level, this application or component also needs to be bit or the integration is lost. Even iCloud and iTunes offer bit support for over 5 years now. Either there is no default mail client or the current mail client cannot fulfill the messaging request. So… Should I use the bit version or not?

Although the list of reasons for the bit recommendation might be long, they however practically all relate to legacy applications. It is best to check with the vendor or developer whether the add-in or app is actually still supported and if not, it is probably best to look for a bit alternative either way. As mentioned before; Pretty much all supported add-ins and applications are fully compatible with the bit version of Office and Outlook.

Some of this is caused by the fact that certain components also still install the bit version next to their bit version counterpart for compatibility reasons. In reality, this comes down to a — MB larger footprint, so unless you are using a really small disk 32GB or less , this might hardly be a consideration.

The reverse applies to Office ; When the installation medium contains both the bit and bit version, the bit version will be installed. To install the other bit version of Office, close the current Setup window and browse to the installation source for instance your DVD-drive. Double click the setup. Folder called office Open the office folder and double click setup

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