Microsoft Releases Office for Mac Beta with Apple Silicon Support
Microsoft Office is releasing Mac machines that include support for Apple Silicon. The latest version of Office is initially available through a beta channel, although its final release would take some time. With the new move, the Redmond company has become one of the first third-party developers to adopt Apple’s “universal applications” model to support the new ARM-based architecture. The beta version of Office for Mac also arrives just before the debut of the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini that are based on the latest silicon.
How Announced by Microsoft’s Principal Software Engineer for Apple Erik Schwiebert products on Twitter, Mac Office 2019 Universal Build has been released on the beta channel. It doesn’t have any new features, but it does come with support for Apple silicone which was unveiled earlier this week.
“We don’t have a public date or version for a final release; this is an initial look for customers to test the hardware they can purchase this week, “wrote the engineer in his tweet.
At its virtual event on Tuesday, Apple outstanding the advent of universal applications that are designed to run natively on newer M1-chip Mac machines. The company also called Adobe be among the first developers to bring their universal versions of Mac applications, with Lightroom receive the new treatment next month and Photoshop receive the same update early next year.
However, it seems Microsoft you also want to jump on the bandwagon of developers offering native support for Apple silicon and quickly bring Office 2019 to the new machines.
In addition to universal applications, systems using Apple’s silicon will come with Rosetta 2. This new offering, which will be part of macOS Big Sur, essentially translates the existing application code to run on the new architecture. However, some performance issues can occur as the code is not natively compatible with the M1 chip.
Apple also announced that machines based on its internal silicon will be able to work iOS and iPadOS Applications. Likewise, the preloaded applications that come with a Mac computer will support the new out-of-the-box architecture. So you can expect some apps to be available at the launch of the new machines next week.
You can join the Mac Office 2019 beta program to get the latest update before the new Mac offerings are available.