Start64!Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is on the verge of moving to 64-bit. The good news is that the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit should be seamless for most users. There are, of course, still a few aspects worth knowing if you rely on Microsoft’s productivity suite. Here’s what longtime Office for Mac users need to know about the switch to 64-bit.

What’s the Difference Between 32-bit and 64-bit? - Most Mac users have likely already encountered the term 64-bit. Apple’s old PowerPC G5 architecture was 64-bit (which made it a tad awkward from a marketing standpoint when some of the first Intel Macs only had 32-bit processors). Apple made a push for 64-bit software with Snow Leopard (sort of). It was a big deal when the A7 processor in the iPhone 5S made the leap to 64-bit. These are just a few examples from Apple’s history alone, never mind the thousands of third party applications out there.