It’s new, it’s shiny, it’s the best thing since yesterday’s sliced bread but…it does not support Office 2011.

We’re talking about Apple’s newest operating system Catalina. Lots of new features and lots of cool things, but it doesn’t do Word or Excel 2011. But why not?!

Glad you asked

Office for Mac 2011 is a “32-bit program”, and Catalina only supports 64-bit programs. Not a huge surprise, as a 64 bit operating system for Apple was bound to be introduced at some point. Windows 10 is also 64-bit, but you can install 32-bit programs. This is a little more flexibility that Apple provides, which again, isn’t a surprise. We all know you don’t buy Apple for the flexibility.

To find out exactly which 32-bit programs you have that will stop working after you upgrade, click on the Apple icon on the upper left corner of your screen and select “About This Mac” from the drop down menu. In the System Information window, click on “System Report.” Then, find “Legacy Software” on the menu to the left, and you’ll find a list of your 32-bit apps.

Besides all the hubbub about not supporting Word and Excel 2011, you’ll definitely want to upgrade your mac to an SSD and max out your Ram before installing Catalina to avoid major frustration.

I’ll let all the other tech blogs expand on all the cool stuff Catalina does. When you’re ready to upgrade your operating system, let AllPro upgrade your hardware first so you can enjoy all the new things Catalina has to offer.