Microsoft updates Office apps to run natively on Macs running Apple’s homegrown M1 chips

Microsoft is releasing new variations of its Workplace productiveness apps that run natively on Macs with Apple’s internally developed M1 processors, rolling out by way of a software program replace beginning in the present day.

The updates, introduced Tuesday morning, proceed a longstanding custom of cooperation between the Microsoft Workplace and Apple Mac groups. The apply dates again to the mid-Nineteen Eighties, when Microsoft launched Phrase and Excel for Mac, and it has endured at the same time as the businesses have competed aggressively on different fronts.

Outlook, Phrase, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote will run quicker on M1 Macs on account of the replace, profiting from improved processor efficiency, says Invoice Doll, Microsoft 365 senior product advertising and marketing supervisor, in a submit asserting the updates. The apps are common, permitting them to run on Intel-based Macs, as effectively. They’ve additionally been redesigned to undertake the appear and feel of macOS Huge Sur.

Microsoft says it’s engaged on the same M1 common app replace for its Groups collaboration software program, which may run in Rosetta emulation mode on Macs with the brand new chips within the meantime.

Apple launched the primary Macs with Arm-based M1 chips in November. The massive unanswered query now could be whether or not Microsoft will change its Home windows licensing phrases to let the Arm-based model of Home windows 10 run natively on M1 Macs. The standard model of Home windows can presently run on Intel-based Macs by way of Apple’s Boot Camp virtualization software program.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vp of software program engineering, informed Ars Technica in November that the choice was as much as Microsoft.

“We now have the core applied sciences for them to try this, to run their ARM model of Home windows, which in flip after all helps x86 consumer mode functions,” he informed the positioning. “However that’s a choice Microsoft has to make, to convey to license that expertise for customers to run on these Macs. However the Macs are actually very able to it.”