Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Feb 2018 14:15 UTC, submitted by Drumhellar
Mac OS X

When users attempt to launch a 32-bit app in 10.13.4, it will still launch, but it will do so with a warning message notifying the user that the app will eventually not be compatible with the operating system unless it is updated. This follows the same approach that Apple took with iOS, which completed its sunset of 32-bit app support with iOS 11 last fall.

This is good. I would prefer other companies, too, take a more aggressive approach towards deprecating outdated technology in consumer technology.

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Poseidon
Member since:
2009-10-31

The huge mistake that microsoft did was to sell people off on 32 bit office until very recently.

If you called them, they would tell you to buy the 32 bit version (as of the 2013 version), and furthermore, even the latest and greatest office 365 is, by default, from the installer, 32 bit.

They sort of dug themselves a bit of a grave, although I don't blame them, they have been keeping a gigantic Office legacy code compatible with modern code.

But I agree, they should get rid of the 32 bit versions of everything even if it breaks a bunch of very old software.

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The1stImmortal Member since:
2005-10-20

they should get rid of the 32 bit versions of everything even if it breaks a bunch of very old software.

Why though?
The only disadvantage to supporting 32 bit software on a 64 bit OS is having to keep 32 bit userspace components around. And most of them are just 32 bit recompilations of essentially the same 64 bit code anyway, which has a side benefit of helping make sure the code is portable and relatively clean.
You have the option in server editions of windows to not install the 32 bit compatibility layer. It saves some space. That's about it.

32 bit isn't bad. 16 bit isn't bad. 8 bit isn't bad. If it does what it needs to and is relatively easy to maintain, what's it matter?

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REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

ironically Office on the Mac is 64bit, like windows, i think legacy and bad code which really holds back 64bit office. Take for example Microsoft's own platforms such as GP and CRM, all recommendations are for 32bit office due to compatibility problems using Microsoft Office on Microsoft Windows Client, connecting to Microsoft GP which in turn is running on Microsoft Windows Server and a Microsoft SQL Server back end.

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