Microsoft has not been idle since the unveiling of the MacBooks with M1 chip. Major updates update almost all Office apps for Big Sur and the latest Macs, but there’s more.
Microsoft Office gets M1 support
Microsoft has released a series of major updates for almost all of its Mac apps. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote are now all optimized for the new Macs and macOS Big Sur.
If you have a MacBook with an M1 chip, you will see a ‘big improvement in performance’, according to Microsoft. These are universal apps, so you don’t have to reinstall them and all functions remain the same for both M1 and Intel Macs.
In addition, to supporting the latest Apple updates and products, some minor adjustments have also been made. For example, there is a new dictation bar in which you can give commands with your voice. The response field in Word has also been adapted and made more accessible. In addition, the home screen has been improved and made easier for new users.
iCloud support for Outlook
The outlook is also getting an upgrade so that the mail app will finally support iCloud accounts. That means that you can now also put an Apple mail account in Outlook. Handy if Outlook is your favorite mail app and you can now collect all your accounts in it.
The function to add iCloud accounts has been rolled out to everyone since yesterday, according to Microsoft. According to the company, it could take a few weeks for the feature to be available to everyone.
A notable Microsoft app that is missing from this list is Microsoft Teams, while it is one of the most popular and most used apps of 2020 with all the work from home and home education.
Want to learn more about Apple’s M1 Macs? Then check out our extensive review of the MacBook Air with Apple’s own chip, which performs so well that it looks more like a MacBook Pro.