OneDrive is about to get Windows on ARM and Apple M1 support
- OneDrive client for Windows and macOS is getting native support for ARM-based devices.
- This announcement was made by the Redmond tech giant during the latest Ignite conference.
- Mac users should be excited, as OneDrive sync client is also getting native M1 support this year.
- The new setup will offer significant performance improvements compared to emulated version.
Judging by Microsoft’s latest announcement, OneDrive client for Windows and macOS is soon getting native support for ARM-based devices.
During the latest Ignite conference, the tech giant announced that Office Insiders with ARM-based Windows devices will be able to opt-in for the ARM preview of OneDrive by end of this year.
OneDrive sync client is getting native M1 support later this year
As far as Mac users are concerned, the OneDrive sync client is also getting native M1 support later this year.
A first preview will be available for Office Insiders in December, and the new M1 version is expected to be generally available early next year.
These new native versions of OneDrive for Windows on ARM PCs and M1 Macs should perform better than the existing clients for Intel-based devices.
And with Apple expecting to transition its whole Mac line to Apple Silicon by 2022, app developers have a good incentive to recompile their apps for M1-powered Macs.
Office for Mac apps have been natively compiled for M1 Macs since last year, and a native version of the OneDrive sync client had been announced back in June.
It mostly seems like things are moving a bit slower on the Windows on ARM side, though. Microsoft released a 64-bit preview version of Office for Windows 11 on ARM testers back in July.
This offers significant performance improvements compared to the emulated version that’s still available for Windows 10 on ARM users.
That’s thanks to Windows 11’s ARM64EC technology, which makes it possible for developers to build apps for Windows 11 on ARM that still rely on x64 code.
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