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  • Our existing VS 2008 Framework 3.5 application is on the Windows 2003 web server. The app is populating Word documents using the .doc templates created in the Office 2003. The generation is happening on the server. We are using the older PIAs.

    This all need to be migrated to the Windows 2008/ 64 bits web server. Would you recommend upgrading/installing the Office 2010 or 2013 to work with framework 3.5 and should we install 32 or 64 bits? The plan is not to upgrade the app framework, only to change the COM object reference. Can we keep the existing .doc templates or will need to convert? The end users (who are the consumers of the generated docs) have Office 2010. Thanks a lot!

    Friday, November 7, 2014 7:33 PM


  • Hi GinaBr,

    Actually there's no problem if we use Office2007 or 2010 to open Office 2013 files. But I recommend that you install Office 2010 since the end users have this version.

    Open a Word 2013 document in an earlier version of Word

    According to this article from Microsoft:

    Choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office

    Important        The 32-bit version of Office 2010 is the recommended option for most people,   because it prevents potential compatibility issues with other 32-bit   applications, specifically third-party add-ins that are available only for   32-bit operating systems.

    By the way, please take a look at this kb article:

    Considerations for server-side Automation of Office

    It's not recommended to install Office on the server as there could be some problems. So PIA is not recommended to use in your web application. OpenXML is a better choice.

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    Monday, November 10, 2014 9:38 AM