Microsoft 365 for Macs runs natively on Apple Silicone Macs

Microsoft announced important updates for Microsoft 365 users for Mac today. The company rolled out new versions of Microsoft 365 Mac apps optimized to run natively on Apple’s Macs with an M1 processor.

The core office apps — Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote will run faster and take advantage of the performance improvements on the new Mac making it more productive on the latest MacBook Air, 13 inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

Microsoft supports the M1 Mac Chip
Microsoft supports the M1 Mac Chip

The company’s Microsoft 365 for Mac apps are universal so they will continue to run on Intel Macs with the latest updates. The changes don’t apply to Teams but the company is working to bring native M1 support to the Teams communication hub.

The software giant announced changes for Outlook for Mac today which will support iCloud accounts. The feature will roll out to Outlook for Mac users in the coming weeks.

Microsoft and build improved office experience for Microsoft 365 apps including PowerPoint, OneNote, Word, and Excel. The redesigned experience matches the new look for Mac OS Big Sur and inspired by Microsoft’s fluent UI design system.

There are new collaboration capabilities for Mac users and the list includes a new Tell Me search box, shared calendars, and a modern commenting experience in Word for Mac. The company introduced a dictation toolbar for Word and Outlook for Mac that lets users create content with voice commands.

Outlook on Windows and IOS makes it easy to join Teams meeting

These updates roll out to Mac users who have turned on automatic updates but others can manually check for updates in the Mac App Store and clicking the updates tab.

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