Microsoft Office For Apple M1 Macs Is Available As A Beta Starting Now
All the talk in the world of Apple right now is the arrival of Macs with Apple silicon inside. That, along with the launch of macOS Big Sur, has developers working to get their apps ready for the big switch.
Microsoft is one of those developers and it’s confirmed that there is a build of Office for Mac available with Apple silicon compatibility; but it’s only a beta right now.
There’s no indication as to when we can expect this update to be made available to the public, but anyone on the NBeta Channel, formerly Insider Fast, is now able to get their hands on a build designed for Apple’s new Macs.
Those new Macs come in three sizes, all powered by the Apple M1 processor. A new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini will go on sale next week with more Macs coming in the future.
Apple allows developers to offer universal apps that are designed to work on Intel and Apple silicon and that’s what Microsoft is now offering.
MSFT plans to push a Universal build of Mac Office 2019 to the Beta Channel (formerly “Insider Fast”) by the end of today.
We don’t have a public date or version for a final release; this is an initial peek for customers to test on hardware they may be acquiring this week… 🙂
We’re going to see more and more developers launch apps that are designed to be installed on Apple’s new fleet of Macs. The promise of increased performance and battery life will make those new Macs popular, and the apps need to be ready as well.