As it did with iOS, Apple is moving away from 32-bit applications on its desktop platform. To this end, macOS 10.13.4, currently in beta, will warn users when they run a 32-bit app and in just a few days, Apple will actively reject programs without 64-bit executables submitted to the Mac App Store.
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Internet Explorer has a 64-bit version and Chrome had its bits doubled in v37 (though it's an opt-in feature, despite being declared stable). Firefox has 64-bit builds available, but for the average user, they might as well not exist. That looks like it'll be changing next year, with Mozilla getting serious about promoting the browser's mainstream executable to the wider version.
Windows: If you have a 64-bit capable machine, you can now download a 64-bit version of Chrome that offers better performance, security and stability.
The 64-bit version of Firefox on Windows was to come to an end, according to Mozilla's Benjamin Smedberg last month. Despite the burgeoning memory requirements of modern browsers -- thanks to the increasing demands of a mixed media web -- the organisation was determined to focus its efforts on the 32-bit version. The news didn't not go down well and as a result, Mozilla has decided to keep the 64-bit door ajar.
When Microsoft Office 2010 debuts in June, consumers will be able to choose for the first time between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the suite. Microsoft's own Office blog offers a quick primer on which version you might want to select.
64-bit may well be the future of computing, but it still often feels like a neglected outpost for geeks. Foxtel Downloads is one notable piece of software that lacks 64-bit love, and now there seems to be an issue brewing with 64-bit Windows 7 and some iPhone users.
One of the big complaints about Foxtel Downloads is the fact it's not available for 64-bit Windows users (let alone Mac or Linux). Foxtel still doesn't have an official timeline for cross-platform support, but with a little messing around it is possible to access downloads on 64-bit Windows.