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Old 12-20-2010, 10:56 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: 64bit Office 2010 Windows 7

I'm going to clear a bit of confusion here.

Yes, there's an issue of the BB software not integrating with Outlook 64-bit. Most likely because the Desktop Software is only a 32-bit program at this time.

One thing about the 32/64-bit stuff is that your computer can have the capability of running 64-bit code, but is still 100% capable of running 32-bit.

Windows 7 comes in both a 64-bit and 32-bit version, as well as Office 2010.

You can technically run Windows 7 64-bit and Office 2010 32-bit. This won't have any performance degradation or anything. Most users of 64-bit Windows would find that 90% of their programs are still only running in a 32-bit mode.

The biggest advantage to 64-bit computing is memory addressing space. Programs (and the OS) can utilise more memory which can add a performance increase.

The biggest advantage of 64-bit is mainly for two (maybe 3) applications.

Excel, Outlook and maybe Access.

The whole point of 64-bit Office was actually for Excel, which now allows you to have a spreadsheet over 2GB in file size. You can literally go down over 50,000 Rows and across to like ZZZZ Columns.

Outlook and Access would also have an advantage if they needed to work with large data sets. I'm talking 2GB+ files though.

Overall there is NO advantage for the typical Office user to get the 64-bit version. It doesn't hurt, but there is very little advantage. As experienced, the disadvantage is that DM doesn't (didn't) quite yet support Outlook 64-bit.
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Last edited by Cooper : 12-20-2010 at 10:57 AM. Reason: typo
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