Microsoft is making using Word, Excel better on Apple MacBooks – Times of India


The launch of Apple’s M1-powered MacBooks has created quite a stir as they deliver superior performance than any other Apple laptop, or for that matter any laptop. App developers have had to tweak their apps to run better on M1 powered MacBooks. Microsoft 365 apps are quite popular among users and the US-based tech giant has announced how it is improving the experience of M1 Mac users.
As per a blog post penned by Bill Doll, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft 365, Microsoft is releasing new versions of many of Microsoft 365 for Mac apps that run natively on Macs with M1.
“The apps are not only speedy, but they also look fantastic as they have been redesigned to match the new look of macOS Big Sur,” wrote Doll in the blog post.


What’s new in Word, Excel, PowerPoint on M1 MacBooks.

There’s an updated Office Start experience for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other office apps that use the Fluent UI design system. “This means that Microsoft 365 apps enable you to be more focused with immersive experiences that are easier to use right from the first screen,” says Doll in the blog post. The new Office Start experience will be available next month.

For Word and PowerPoint users, Microsoft is making it easier to collaborate on M1 MacBooks. There’s a new ‘modern commenting’ experience in Word for Mac that enables a contextual view of comments that allows you to focus on your content without missing active comments by contributors and reviewers. Modern commenting also includes improved @mentions in PowerPoint and Word for Mac that make it easier to reply to comments. Doll revealed that the new @mentions experience is available now in PowerPoint for enterprise customers. Modern commenting for Word is in the Office Insider Beta Channel now and coming to Current Channel Preview in February 2021.
For Excel users, A new feature called Data from Picture will help users take a photo of table directly on your iPhone and turn it into data you can edit in Excel for Mac. The feature uses Continuity Camera

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on the Mac and is available now.
Microsoft has also announced support for iCloud accounts in the new Outlook for Mac. This will help users to organize work and personal emails, contacts, and calendars together in one app. Microsoft will start to roll this out using the new Outlook for Mac in the coming weeks.


How to get ‘improved’ Office apps on M1 MacBooks

If you have automatic updates turned on, you will start to receive these updates today, says Doll in the blog post. Otherwise, you can simply go to the Mac App Store and click the Updatestab. The other way is to install with Microsoft AutoUpdate. Just go to your Office app’s Help menu and choose Check for Updates.



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