Microsoft brings Apple Silicon support to Excel for Mac in its latest beta

Beyond the expectation that Macs are generating with Apple Silicon, which as we all know is already around the corner, there is a question that many users ask themselves: Will that app work on my new Mac? From Microsoft we have some answers.

A transition with resolved compatibilities

In the most recent beta of Microsoft Office for Mac, the Redmond company has updated the suite to support Macs with Apple Silicon that are expected to be presented this coming Tuesday. For now we do not know the dates on which these computers will reach our hands, but we do know, confirmed by Apple, that it will be before the end of the year. Microsoft is ahead of events and prepares Office for maximum compatibility with these machines.

In its Office Insider beta program the build of November 2, Excel contains support for Apple processors regarding SQL server. SQL Open Data Connectivity (ODBC) already supports devices with Apple Silicon. We can check it in the release notes:

This feature provides support for SQL Server ODBC data connections to function properly on new devices that have Apple Silicon processors, as well as support for SQL Servers that require secure connections through the TLS v1.2 protocol.

As it is a beta version we do not know the date of the arrival of this update to the general public, but what we do know is that Microsoft is working on making its office suite fully compatible with Mac with Apple Silicon.

The importance of Rosetta 2

And as we talk about it, we can stop for a moment to remember that, Although some apps are not updated, the same operating system, Big Sur, will take care of compatibility. Thus, the applications, even if they are not adapted, will go through the installation-time translation provided by Rosetta 2, so they can be run on Macs with Apple Silicon without us even realizing it.

On the other hand yes that it is true that an adapted app will perform better, but since most dependencies are translated during installation, the difference should be little. It is clear that Apple has spent a lot of time developing a system capable of making this transition transparent and easy for all users.

Let’s keep in mind that Rosetta 2 provides a short-term solution, as an extension of the time developers will have to adapt their applications. Something that many are already working on thanks to the Developer Transition Kit.

While Microsoft continues to develop and test Office for Mac with Apple Silicon, we await the presentation of the new Macs with processors from the Cupertino company, as well as the launch of macOS Big Sur, which at this point we already estimate will arrive after the presentation. Big news is coming.