Is There a Difference? A Look at 32-bit and 64-bit Office

Not everyone realizes that there are actually two modern versions of Microsoft Office for businesses—32-bit and 64-bit versions. Do you know which version your company needs? Take a look at our quick guide of the difference between the two, and determine which is right for your business needs. If you need to migrate to another version of Office, we’re here to help.

32-bit Microsoft Office is the base version that you most likely use. It’s the version that Microsoft recommends unless you know for sure that you need 64-bit Office. It’s built to handle most everyday tasks. The biggest drawback of 32-bit Office is that it has a project size limit. However, this limit is relatively high, and won’t affect typical use. If your business needs to use spreadsheets with thousands of data points or large images and animations in presentations, this is when you want to consider the 64-bit version.

The 64-bit office is built to handle large data sets. If you’re working with data points in the hundred thousand or even millions, 64-bit Office is probably your best bet. There’s also a slight performance boost with 64-bit. It may not be noticeable, but it will make sure Office runs faster and is more responsive to your input. If your company develops any in-house Office add-ins or customizations, you also want to look at 64-bit Office, as per Microsoft’s recommendations.

If you’ve decided that 64-bit Office is the best choice for your company, then you need to put work into migrating your existing files to this version. Your macros and VBA code for files in 32-bit Office may not work. Luckily, Converter Technology offers a secure solution to help your migration be quick and easy. Our solution finds all existing VBA code and converts it for you to ensure that everything migrates smoothly. You won’t have a headache from a complicated migration, and you’ll enjoy the benefits of 64-bit Office for your business.