eXtyles, like many other third-party Microsoft Office add-ins, was written as a 32-bit application, because it predates the 64-bit version of Office (introduced in 2010). 32-bit applications are not compatible with 64-bit versions of Office. You can find technical details about this limitation in these Microsoft articles: Compatibility Between the 32-bit and 64-bit Versions of Office 2010 and 64-bit Editions of Office.


For most Office users, and especially for those who primarily use Word and Outlook, 32-bit and 64-bit Office are functionally identical. However, the 64-bit architecture does provide additional power that can benefit power users of Excel and/or Access. IT departments may also prefer to install 64-bit Office because of its default security features.


As 64-bit Office has become more widely used, our developers have been working on creating a 64-bit-compatible version of eXtyles. Our goal is to have this available to customers in 2021. We thank you for your patience while this major update is in the works!


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