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Microsoft's 365 Mac Apps Gain Native M1 Support

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Microsoft today announced that it is releasing new updates for many of its Microsoft 365 for Mac apps to introduce native support for Apple's M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini.


Core Office apps, including Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are now able to run faster on M1 Macs. Microsoft has used the Universal app binary so the apps will also continue to run as normal on Intel Macs.

According to Microsoft, the updates are going out today, and users can check the Mac App Store, use AutoUpdate in a Microsoft app, or wait for an automatic update.

The updated Outlook for Mac app that's available today now includes support for iCloud accounts, allowing work and personal emails, contacts, and calendars in one app. This will be rolling out to Outlook for Mac users in the coming weeks.

Microsoft says that it is working to bring native M1 support to additional apps, including Teams for Mac. Microsoft has also been redesigning some of its Office for Mac apps with an updated Office Start experience for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and these updates will be available starting next month.

Update: Microsoft has also released a new version of its Visual Studio Code app that's designed for M1 Macs. It is available to those who participate in Microsoft's Insider program.

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MikeAnd

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I look forward to updates running 50% faster. At least on a M1 Air there are no fans to activate.
 
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redking31591

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Probably because Teams is built on the Electron app framework, so it is a completely different development from the rest of the M365 Apps. It is disappointing, especially the native notifications.
the non-native notifications drives me absolutely inside. If I get an alert I have to click over and see what it is instead of knowing what it is. The crazy part is that Windows is the same way, non-native notifications.
 
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I have been running the beta version with arm support for about a week on my new MacBook Air. It runs smooth. Much much better than my work issued Dell laptop.

Serious issue with it though, data analysis tools on Excel don’t work. It crashes the app.

Will have to update and see if it’s fixed.

Edit: Analysis works.
 
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It will be a glorious day when Teams runs as well on Mac as it does on iPad.

For now we have to put up with the terrible implementation of notifications in Teams.
 
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I don’t get why teams is not included in these updates. No native dark mode. No native notifications. Makes no sense.
Microsoft Teams is an Electron app. Electron 11.0.0 was released only few weeks ago (November 17) which supports M1. Microsoft is probably in testing or development phase that picks up Electron 11.
 
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wood1208

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It's kind of Gold rush. Race to run Apps natively on M1 to take advantage of higher M1 performance,longer battery life,etc.
 
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the non-native notifications drives me absolutely inside. If I get an alert I have to click over and see what it is instead of knowing what it is. The crazy part is that Windows is the same way, non-native notifications.
It may be wishful thinking, but I hope that being able to target all Apple platforms with one Swift/Universal Binary code base would be incentive for MS to build a fully native (not Electron) Teams app.
 
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the non-native notifications drives me absolutely inside. If I get an alert I have to click over and see what it is instead of knowing what it is. The crazy part is that Windows is the same way, non-native notifications.
Native notifications are coming soon for both Mac and Windows according to Microsoft’s own 365 Roadmap:
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This indicates when the rollout will start, and generally end users start seeing the feature about a month after, so I’d say by end of January into February Teams should have native notifications all around.
 
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TraceyS/FL

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I have been running the beta version with arm support for about a week on my new MacBook Air. It runs smooth. Much much better than my work issued Dell laptop.
I love hearing this, XL kills our iMac when i leave it running. I need to remember - "get in, get out" for Office apps.

BUT, i'm excited to read about Outlook doing iCloud now, i for sure am going to have to try switching. I haven't used outlook in years.
 
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ikramerica

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I'd prefer Visio and Project for Mac. I'd be nice to get off the VM.
Project hasn’t been Mac for soooo long I had forgotten about it. Used it in the 90s for lots of things, but had to move on. Luckily I am not dealing with a team that uses it.
 
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I may be in the minority, but I prefer Office (specifically Outlook) on the Mac over Windows. This is great news as I intend to fully transition to a Mac once the Apple Silicon pro machines are released.
 
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redking31591

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Native notifications are coming soon for both Mac and Windows according to Microsoft’s own 365 Roadmap: View attachment 1694794
This indicates when the rollout will start, and generally end users start seeing the feature about a month after, so I’d say by end of January into February Teams should have native notifications all around.
Oh that's awesome. I didn't know this was on the way. I hope they include Windows in this eventually because I jump back and forth a lot. I wonder if I can push it out faster when it goes live since I'm a tenant admin...
 
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kmann1983

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Now if only they can figure out Outlook and iCloud sync... or upgrade it.. or whatever needs to be done so I can fully get the rest of my family on iCloud, the few that use a PC.
Until then... I cry.
 
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