Microsoft releases new Office for Mac beta, compatible with Apple Silicon processors

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Microsoft announced today that it will launch a new universal version of the Mac Office 2019 beta, which supports Apple’s new M1 Mac mini, MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

So far, M1 is the most powerful chip in Apple’s history. It has changed the Mac experience. With macOS Big Sur, M1’s CPU speed is 3.5 times faster, GPU speed is 6 times faster, and machine learning capabilities are 15 times faster. , The battery life is 2 times longer than before. With M1 and Big Sur, users can use the largest collection of applications in the history of Mac.

Now all Apple Mac software is universal and can run natively on the M1 system. Existing Mac applications that have not yet been updated to Universal will use Apple’s Rosetta 2 technology to run seamlessly, while iPhone and iPad applications can now also run directly on the Mac.

Naijatechnews understands that although M1-based Macs will be able to run x86 code written for Intel Macs, this process will involve software Rosetta to translate it into arm code (compatible with M1). Although Apple said that in some cases, the effect of x86 applications running on Apple Silicon via Rosetta is better than running natively on Intel Macs, but it remains to be confirmed.

Erik Schwiebert, chief software engineer for Microsoft’s Apple products, shared on Twitter today that the universal build of the Mac Office 2019 beta will arrive later today and will support Apple Silicon. Currently, there is no date for when it will be publicly released.

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