Originally Posted by sippincider
Office is gonna need 64-bits anyway just to support the bloat. The mere 4GB you get in 32-bit seems awfully limiting for such a massive pig.
Office for Mac (2008) requires a little over 1GB for a full install. That's 4 programs.
iWork requires 1.2GB... That's 3 programs. But i don't hear you calling it a massive pig...
Sure, Entourage takes a long time (20-30 seconds) to load if you've got all of your emails from the past 5 years saved to disc and therefore a 5 GB user account that has to be read every time you start up, but I find the startup speed is similar to quite a few other programs, including apple's own iTunes (with a large library), Final Cut (also still 32-bit, by the way), and Logic (64-bit). iPhoto can also take 20-30 seconds to load up with a large library.
Anyways, it's to be expected that Office 2011 will bring lots of improvements.
As has been stated many times in this thread:
99.9% of Office users don't require a 64-bit version.
There are plenty of Apple apps still running as 32-bit apps. iTunes is free, but Final Cut Pro is not, and could REALLY use 64-bit architecture. I mean, if anything needs 4GB+ of memory, it's video editing, not word processing and emailing. Also, Finder only made the move to Cocoa last year, which is also pretty late considering it's a foundation of the entire OS...
Anyways, I doubt too many people will choose iWork over Office based on 32- vs 64-bits. The molecular scientist guys can try switching to Numbers, but I'm sure the lack of features in Numbers vs Excel will startle him.
iWork may also be cheaper, but considering there's been iWork 05, 06, 08 and 09, over a 3 year cycle you'll pay $160-240 to stay updated with iWork for 3/3.5 years, and $150 to stay updated with MS Office for the same timeframe...