And Microsoft announced an update that brings native support for Apple’s new M1 processor for its Windows productivity suite of applications.
The apps that got the updates include Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote, however, Teams is noticeably missing from the list.
Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote have all been optimized for M1 Mac computers.
Apps have also been redesigned with macOS Big Sur in mind and more.
Microsoft says: Users should notice significant improvements in performance when using Office applications on Mac computers operating with the M1 processor.
Updates make Office applications universal, which means that these versions work across Mac computers that include Intel processors and Apple Silicon, so upcoming updates and features are coming at the same time for both platforms.
Microsoft explained that it is working on updating Teams, without announcing any kind of schedule.
First-time Outlook users get support for iCloud accounts, which allows them to sync their email, contacts, and calendars with the app if they use Apple’s service to store them.
An iCloud account can now be added to Outlook and kept alongside other accounts to organize work emails, personal messages, contacts, and calendars together in one app so it’s easy for you to stay in touch with the important things.
This update means that the main Office applications – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote – run faster and take full advantage of the performance improvements across the new Mac computers, making the user more productive.
And there are a bunch of other changes coming to the Office apps for Mac:
- The new Outlook for Mac app is redesigned for the new look of macOS Big Sur.
- An update to the Office app startup experience that includes the Fluent UI design system.
- A new search box called Tell Me that quickly takes you to the Office tools you need or the actions you want to take just by typing what you’re looking for.
- New voice command dictation toolbar to create content with your voice.
- The new Outlook for Mac app supports shared calendars for customers who are in the Office Insider Mac Beta channel in the first months of next year.
- Experience the redesigned commenting in Word.
Apple unveiled its new 5-nanometer processor, M1, in November, and includes an 8-core processor, an eight-core graphics processing unit, and an advanced neuron engine to facilitate machine learning processes, which is the first processor designed by the company.