Feeds

Microsoft closes door on 64-bit development for Office 2011

32-bit only love, I shouldn't Cocoa

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Microsoft will not be extending any 64-bit love to its upcoming Office 2011 suite for Apple Macs.

The company confirmed in a blog post yesterday that when the software ships it will come in a 32-bit only flavour.

Microsoft blamed the absence of a 64-bit version of Office 2011 on the fact that the vendor's developers hadn't fully shifted the suite's user interface to Apple's Cocoa technology.

The reason the software giant hasn't cobbled together a 64-bit Office 2011 is due to the fact that it has been trying to make Mac and Windows versions of the products play nice together in the next release, said Microsoft.

All of which has put paid to any development of a 64-bit version of the suite.

However, at the same time Microsoft hasn't exactly been pushing customers to gobble up a 64-bit version of Office 2010 - which gets its official release on 15 June.

"In Office 2011, we’ve made investments in better compatibility between Office for Mac and Windows Office, which is the largest request we receive from customers. We think we have some outstanding improvements to show you in this area, and we'll continue to share details in coming weeks," said Microsoft's Mac business unit product manager Jake Hoelter.

"Our work to increase compatibility means we haven’t completed the transition of moving the entire user interface over to Cocoa yet. And because Apple's frameworks require us to complete the move to Cocoa before we can build a 64-bit version, Office 2011 will be 32-bit only."

The vendor said the decision not to create a 64-bit version would only affect users "working with huge amounts of data".

Office 2011 for Mac will ship with co-authoring tools that allow users to share files on a Windows Live SkyDrive, a Microsoft SharePoint, or through the Office Web Apps.

Hoelter added that the his MacBU team planned to "go even further with Cocoa in the future", but he didn't reveal anymore about what that means customers can expect from Office 2011, or indeed other MS products developed for the Mac. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins
Redmond thinks the Object Real-Time Communications API for WebRTC is ready to roll
Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8
Moz man claims the win on rivals' own benchmarks
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings
Oi, Windows, centOS and openSUSE – behave, we're all friends here
Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud
Docs, email contacts... shhhlooop, up it goes
Was ist das? Eine neue Suse Linux Enterprise? Ausgezeichnet!
Version 12 first major-number Suse release since 2009
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.