Microsoft Office is now optimized for M1 Macs

Microsoft Office is now updated for M1 Macs

Microsoft Office on an M1 Mac is about to be optimized.

Microsoft is announcing an update today that brings native support for Apple’s new custom chip architecture to Microsoft Office.

From their announcement:

We are excited to announce that starting today we are releasing new versions of many of our Microsoft 365 for Mac apps that run natively on Macs with M1.

This means that now our core flagship Office apps—Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote—will run faster and take full advantage of the performance improvements on new Macs, making you even more productive on the latest MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

The new Office apps are Universal, so they will continue to run great on Macs with Intel processors. The apps are not only speedy, but they also look fantastic as they have been redesigned to match the new look of macOS Big Sur. Here is a peek at Outlook on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

If you have automatic updates turned on, you will start to receive these updates today. Otherwise, you can go to the Mac App Store and click the Updates tab, or with Microsoft AutoUpdate, you can go to your Office app’s Help menu and choose Check for Updates. Plus, find more commonly asked questions on our support page.

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We are working on universal app support for M1 Macs and will share more news as our work progresses. Download the Teams app for your Mac here now.

Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote are the apps getting updates.

The updates are making the apps universal apps — meaning these versions will run on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs.

This means that upcoming updates or features will be coming at the same time for both platforms.

Office users who have automatic updates turned on should see the new versions sometime today. Everyone else can update it through the Mac App Store or Microsoft’s AutoUpdate software (depending on if you downloaded Office through the App Store or directly from Microsoft).

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