Microsoft Office for Mac updated Excel app with native support for Apple Silicon: M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max

The latest update of Microsoft Office for Mac comes with a fully compatible Excel app on Apple Silicon which includes all Mac models powered by M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips. 

Recently, Apple lost a veteran chip designer, Mike Filippo to Microsoft Corp, who has joined to work on the processors within Microsoft’s Azure group for expansion of its custom server chips.

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Owners of Apple Silicon Mac models can now run Excel natively on the updated Microsoft Office for Mac

When Apple began the transition of the Mac lineup from Intel chips to Apple Silicon in 2020, a few third-party apps offered native support, along with Apple’s own apps. The company launched Rosetta 2 for developers to run their Intel-based apps on Apple Silicon Macs, in the interim they offer complete support for Apple Silicon which Microsoft Office’s Excel app does now. 

Excel is fully supported on devices with Apple Silicon CPUs: Power Query in Excel for Mac is now natively supported on Apple Silicon processors. If you previously used Rosetta emulator to run Excel, you may now disable it and run Excel natively on your devices. Microsoft 

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In December 2020, the Microsoft OneDrive sync became available for M1 Macs as a public preview, OneDrive is a cloud storage service that syncs users’ data across devices. But, Windows 11 does not natively run on Macs powered by Apple Silicon, and owners can access Windows 11 by using Parallels 16.5 or later to run Insider Preview builds of Windows 10 and 11.

Microsoft also confirmed that the Windows 11 will not be officially supported on M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max Mac models and ARM-based Windows will work via visualization, which is not a “supported scenario”.

Having said that, XDA-Developers claims that Microsoft is unable to offer Windows 11 native support for Apple Silicon Macs because of a secret deal between Microsoft and Qualcomm. And luckily for consumers that deal is about to expire which might pave the way for Windows 11 running natively on new Apple Silicon Macs. 

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