Compare between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft® Office 2010
What are the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office 2010?
Microsoft Office 2010 is a office productivity suite from Microsoft. It offers a complete package of advanced tools. The main attractive feature of Microsoft Office 2010 is its user friendly interface. It attracts the users with its many ready to use design templates and visual effects. It is available in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. So, computers running 64-bit Operating System can get the full advantage of 64-bit performance while PCs running 32-bit OS can use 32-bit Microsoft Office 2010 suite. By using a WOW64, an environment that supports 32-bit application to run on a 64-bit Operating System, Microsoft Office 2010 supports the 32-bit version on a 64-bit Operating System. A 64-bit Microsoft Office 2010 can be installed only on 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The 32-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 provides the same functionalities and it is the default version installed with Microsoft Office 2010, even when the Operating System is 64-bit edition of Windows. Another important feature in the Microsoft Office 2010 is the advanced photo editing tools. Now, you can apply artistic effects, reflections and can use Smart Art design to make your document more likely.
Here are some of the features of 32-bit version and 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010:
- Load larger workbooks
- ActiveX control library
- Security advantage
Load larger workbooks
64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 can address more physical memory or virtual memory and it reduces the overhead of moving data in and out of the physical memory. It will be an advantage for users who uses Microsoft Office Excel 2010 sheets of very large size such as, more than 2 GB or very complex projects. For such users, it will be very easy to load and work with 64-bit Microsoft Office 2010.
ActiveX control library
Microsoft Office 2010 32-bit version supports more add-ins rather than 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010. ActiveX library includes many controls that are useful to build a solution for Microsoft Office programs like Microsoft Office Access, Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Office Word. Microsoft SharePoint Technology is also supported by 32-bit Microsoft Office 2010. Almost all applications communicate with Office using ActiveX controls. Some applications will not be able to communicate with 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 as the external interfaces have never had to be made with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Using hardware based DEP (Data Execution Prevention), 64-bit Microsoft Office 2010 can provide a security advantage. The message box of the Microsoft Office 2010 alerts about the possible threats from active contents like ActiveX controls, Add-ins and data connections. The DEP feature stops our program when certain add-in criteria has not met. Hence, the DEP protects your computer and network with infections bad code.
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