Microsoft has announced in an official blog post that starting today, it is releasing new versions of many of its Microsoft 365 for Mac apps that run natively on the new Apple Silicon Macs for improved performance.
According to Microsoft, all core flagship Office apps i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, will now run faster and take full advantage of the performance improvements on new M1 Macs, making you even more productive on the latest MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.
The new Office apps are Universal, so they will continue to run great on Macs with Intel processors. The apps are not only faster, but they have also been redesigned to match the new look of macOS Big Sur.
If you have automatic updates turned on, you will start to receive these updates today. Otherwise, you can go to the Mac App Store and click the Updates tab, or with Microsoft AutoUpdate, you can go to your Office app’s Help menu and choose Check for Updates.
You can learn more about the updated Microsoft 365 experience at this page.