Microsoft Office apps already up and running on Apple's new Mac chips
Office apps are already running smooth on Apple's new Mac chips.
What you need to know
- Microsoft's Office apps are already up and running natively on Apple's new Mac silicon.
- Apple showed off Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in action during its WWDC 2020 presentation.
- The new Apple-designed chips will start shipping in Macs later this year.
At its WWDC 2020 conference today, Apple announced that it is preparing to start shipping its own processors in Macs (opens in new tab). The move will see Apple silicon replace Intel and unite the full Apple ecosystem on one platform. That will require some work from developers to get their Mac apps transitioned to run on the new platform, but it looks like Microsoft is already among the earliest adopters.
During the segment focusing on the new chips, Apple showed off Microsoft Office apps running natively on a Mac using an Apple A12Z Bionic processor. The apps looked just like the desktop Office apps you're used to seeing today, and they ran as smooth as you could expect. Check out a demo of them in action below.
Microsoft has been in-step with big changes coming to Apple platforms in recent years. It was among the first to adopt iOS' dark mode support, for example. It's not a huge surprise to see Microsoft is early in making sure the Office apps are ready for this transition as well.
Apple says that it expects the first Mac using its own silicon to ship later this year. The full transition period, Apple estimated, will take about two years.
In other Microsoft-related news coming out of WWDC, Apple revealed that it is adding support for the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controller with tvOS 14 later this year.
For more WWDC 2020 coverage, out sister site iMore has been hard at work compiling all of the announcements and everything you need to know.
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Give it a few years and I bet Apple is preparing a gaming maching in some form and will demolish Xbox, PS and Nintendo combined. Won't even mention the rumours about Apple's AR glasses...
And God be beside Microsoft IF Apple someday decides to go full in with Cloud and business Apple is just the better company, always has been. Inb4 Rubino writes a piece analizing the situation with Apple, casually sneaking how Microsoft was first.. like it matters, as usual
Apple is certainly a class of their own that in many aspects (not all), Microsoft and Google don't succeed at matching, but that's a wholly different market, especially cloud. Microsoft has nothing to fear there from Apple and Apple won't enter that market anyway. It's simply not what they do, their business are "consumers", creators and developers.
Not all arguments are about statistics. By your argument, Apple would "demolish" everyone in the actual apple market through the power of past statistic and by virtue of them being Apple, and I hope we can agree that's obviously nonsense. And why, because it's a completely different market and business than what they're strong at. The same applies (to a lesser extent, of course), to the cloud business. Which isn't to say they couldn't somehow gain a foothold there, but what is there to indicate in any way that they would (besides your "statistic", which I just addressed)? Apple is a very successful company full of bright people, money and a passionate userbase. This does not mean they're gods. It also doesn't mean their userbase would care about every product they could launch. By the way, did you know about macOS Server?