Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Office 2010 – 64 bit edition?

Interesting article on TechNet about the two versions of Office 2010…

I greeted the news that there was going to be a 64-bit edition of Office with a moderate amount of interest, mainly because this might be useful to deploy on our planned 64-bit XenApp farm.  This article does mention though that for most users, Microsoft actually recommend installing the 32-bit version, even if you use 64-bit Windows, the reason being “compatibility with existing 32-bit controls, add-ins, and VBA”. 

That sounds mighty ominous to me.  I think I will take their advice and just keep a 64-bit stream handy in case some user (there’s always one) wants a million row spreadsheet or something.  Of course you don’t really want a XenApp user taking up over 4gb of memory by opening hundreds of Office documents, so I don’t see any reason to encourage them!

I’ve had no success so far with streaming Office 2010 using the XenApp on Windows 2008 R2 tech preview, it just exits saying that “Setup has encountered an error”, and it is a no-go on the XenApp 5 version of the Streaming Profiler since it does not support Services, which Office 2010 needs.  Hopefully this will all be sorted out when the final versions of XenApp 6 and Office 2010 are out this summer.


Anonymous said...

You should follow the steps on Office 2010 Streaming document ( by using Citrix Streaming Profiler v6.7 which supports even 64bit Office.

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