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Upgrading to Microsoft Project or Excel 2013 and Windows 8

Dr. Jim Black

It’s upgrade time again. Microsoft is releasing both the new Office 2013, including Project 2013, and its new Windows 8 operating system. While many of our enterprise customers won’t see these upgrades for several years, it’s still important to understand how the Microsoft upgrades will impact OnePager users. We have good news: nothing changes.

Here at Chronicle Graphics, we’ve been vigorously testing OnePager Pro with both Project 2013 and Windows 8. We’ve been doing with same testing with OnePager Express and Excel 2013. While you may observe some slight differences in how Office 2013 operates, your OnePager charts will not be impacted, and will continue to function as they always have. The same holds true for Windows 8: you will see some changes in how Windows itself functions, but OnePager will operate the same way.

The current versions of OnePager have already been tested with Project 2013, Excel 2013, and with Windows 8, so as you upgrade your computer, your OnePager experience will be seamless. At the same time, all new versions of OnePager, including the new OnePager Pro 5.0, will continue to support older versions of Microsoft Office and Windows. As you continue to upgrade your OnePager licenses to get great new features, you won’t be forced into upgrading anything else at the same time.

Ensuring Bit Compatibility

As our users upgrade operating systems and Office environments, we regularly get questions about 32-bit vs. 64-bit compatibility. OnePager will operate in either a 32-bit or 64-bit environment, but does so with separate installations, so you’ll want to know which version to install when you do upgrade your computer. They key to remember is that OnePager’s bit compatibility is based on which version of Office you are running, not Windows. So, if you are running 64-bit Windows and 32-bit Project, you actually want to install the 32-bit version of OnePager Pro, not the 64-bit. Here’s a cheat sheet to help you understand which OnePager version to install as you’re upgrading Office or Windows:

Windows Version

Project or Excel Version

OnePager Version

32-bit

32-bit

32-bit

64-bit

32-bit

32-bit

64-bit

64-bit

64-bit


For the most part, 64-bit Project and Excel are pretty rare, even though 64-bit Windows is quite common. In fact, many OnePager Pro users run 64-bit Windows with 32-bit Project. However, we do expect 64-bit Office to become more widespread over the coming years, so as these upgrades occur, remember that you may need to request a 64-bit installation of OnePager from our support team. This is covered under your maintenance agreement.

As always, if you do have questions on upgrades to Project, Excel, or Windows, feel free to contact our support team at support@onepager.com. 15-Day
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