Microsoft Security Update Brings 64-Bit Support to All Mac Office Apps

Microsoft today release a new update for its Office 2016 for Mac apps, introducing small performance improvements, bug fixes, and 64-bit support across the Office lineup.

Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote have all adopted the 64-bit runtime environment to enable better performance and "new innovative features." 64-bit support has previously been available to Microsoft's "Office Insider" beta testers but is rolling out to all users today.

officeformac
Microsoft Office users who do not use add-ins will be unaffected by the change, while those who do will need to update their add-ins to 64-bit versions as add-in developers release the necessary updates. All add-in developers have had several months to make the updates thanks to the beta testing period, so the transition should be seamless for most end users.

Apple's Mac operating system has supported 64-bit applications for many years, but prior to 2016, Microsoft continued to offer 32-bit Office for Mac apps.

Microsoft Office for Mac is available through an Office 365 subscription or as a standalone purchase from the Microsoft website. Office 365 costs a minimum of $69.99 per year while the standalone version of Office 2016 for Mac is priced at $149.99.



Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
36 months ago

Apple's Mac operating system has supported 64-bit applications since OS X Lion was released in 2011

Uh, no, 64-bit GUI applications have been supported since Leopard in 2007 (and CLI applications even earlier, since Tiger in 2005).
Rating: 8 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago
The 64 bit Office 2016 apps load noticeably faster on my computers.
Rating: 7 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago

Every update breaks something fundamental. Microsofts quality control on their Mac office product is shocking and makes me anxious about any update.


The Office team at Microsoft is actually very receptive of problems and works hard to correct them. The Office 2016 has come a very long way over the past year. They're much better than other large companies such as Adobe, which is also slowly making steps to fix some of its problems.
Rating: 5 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago
Where is dark mode?
Rating: 3 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago
Every update breaks something fundamental. Microsofts quality control on their Mac office product is shocking and makes me anxious about any update.
Rating: 3 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago

The 64 bit Office 2016 apps load noticeably faster on my computers.

Thank the maker, if this is true across the board!

Office opens painfully slow and is by far the slowest opening set of apps I have.
Rating: 3 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago

Do the updated apps have an "Open in 32-bit mode" option in Get Info and does that restore 32-bit add-in compatibility? Or is the advice to completely avoid the update and forgo the security fixes if we need 32-bit add-in support?


There is a 32 bit version of 15.25 that must be manually installed. This will be the last version of 32 bit Office.
See http://macadmins.software/docs/OfficeMac-64.pdf
Rating: 2 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago
Does it bring multi-core support to Excel?
Rating: 2 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago

The 64 bit Office 2016 apps load noticeably faster on my computers.

They do? That's actually amazing to hear. I was kinda surprised when I bought my first Mac last February, installed Office and saw how much time it takes to load those programs. It's not super slow, but compared to my previous Windows notebook it did make a difference.

Looks like I'll be updating right now!


Thank the maker, if this is true across the board!

Office opens painfully slow and is by far the slowest opening set of apps I have.

I can't disagree with you. They truly are slow in terms of opening speeds.
Rating: 1 Votes
Avatar
36 months ago

Skype for Business Mac is still in beta (but they don't accept more testers at the moment). The final should be out soon.


I'll piggyback on this and say that the preview Skype for business client is a HUGE improvement in stability and quality vs. Lync. Once they add the missing bits it will be a day vs. night change for people and I can say with all honesty that people will be pretty thrilled to dump Lync 2011 forever.
Rating: 1 Votes
[ Read All Comments ]