The “Microsoft Factory” plans to release its Office 2010 software suite in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, making it the first Office suite to support both versions. As its name suggests, both versions will be available sometime next year. Applications included in Office 14 suite are Word, Excel , Powerpoint, Outlook , Access, InfoPath Designer, InfoPath Filler , Publisher, Groove, InterConnect, SharePoint Designer, OneNote, Visio, and Project.
A new and interesting features of Office 2010 is the addition of a Web-based version of the software. Microsoft announced this feature at its Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles last September. The company has said there will be a free, ad-supported version. Microsoft is still working out fees for businesses who want a version without ads. A Web-based version would make it possible for Office to run on Linux or the Apple iPhone.
Combined with Windows Vista, Office 2010 is set to push 64-bit onto the masses to support the future plans of SharePoint 64-bit platform 2010 schedueled to enter the market first quarter 2010. Until Office 2010, the suite has only been available in the 32-bit flavor.Theoretically, 64-bit systems can support up to 16.8 million terabytes, though other system limitations make that quantity of RAM unfeasible at the present time. In addition, users who access large databases and spreadsheets as well as those who use multiple programs simultaneously could benefit from the move to 64-bit.The benefits of running Office in a 64-bit environment may not seem very exciting at first, but it could help expedite 64-bit adoption among other vendors. Moving to 64 bits also provides the ability to take advantage of more RAM than the 4GB limit that exists with 32-bit OSes.