Suggestions which version of office on Windows 64bit PC


I am preparing a Windows7 64bit image for our ICT Suites. I am planning to install office 2013  and not sure which versions to install. On the portal it says
Important: Microsoft strongly recommends the use of 32-bit (x86) versions of Office 2013, Project 2013, and Visio 2013 applications as the default option for all platforms. Learn more about the deployment considerations for x64 and x86 at TechNet.

It gives different download options on the volume licensing portal, so please suggest which version I need to download.
Office standard 2013 with SP1 32bit English
Office standard 2013 with SP1 64bit English
Office Standard 2013 with SP1 32bit/64bit English

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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
As long as you are using Windows 7 64bit you need to download 64bit version of MS Office. The 32bit version will not install on your Windows 7 64bit.
Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
Unfortunately, noxcho is wrong. You can install 32-bit Office on a 64-bit Windows machines. I've done it dozens of times.

What you cannot do is mix 32-bit and 64-bit Office components. For example, if you install 64-bit Office and later want to install Visio or Project, you are forced to install the 64-bit versions of those products.

One reason that the inability to mix 32- and 64-bit Office is important is mentioned very briefly in the second article linked by sktneer: there are many third-party add-ins for various Office products that will only run on 32-bit Office. So check to see whether you are using any add-ins for Word, Visio, Project, etc. If you are, verify whether they will run on 64-bit versions of Office. If not, there's your decision.

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