Microsoft optimizes OneDrive to run natively on Apple silicon

Apple Macbook Pro 2021 Dan
Apple Macbook Pro 2021 Dan (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft's OneDrive now runs natively on Apple silicon, which powers newer MacBooks and Apple hardware.
  • OneDrive users should see performance improvements after updating to the latest version that's optimized for Apple silicon.
  • This feature has been in testing since last year but is now generally available.

OneDrive's sync client can now run natively on Apple silicon. Microsoft just rolled out an update to OneDrive for macOS that brings the app to version 22.022. Following the update, OneDrive will have improved performance and be able to fully utilize Apple's chips, such as those inside newer MacBooks. The latest version of OneDrive will be able to take full advantage of Apple's M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max processors.

Microsoft outlines the recent change to OneDrive on its website (opens in new tab):

We're excited to announce that OneDrive sync for macOS will now run natively on Apple silicon. This means that OneDrive will take full advantage of the performance improvements of Apple silicon. We know this has been a long-awaited and highly requested feature, and we're delighted to make it generally available starting with build 22.022.

Microsoft started testing the functionality back in June 2021. The company originally planned to release Apple silicon support for OneDrive by the end of last year, but it took a bit longer to roll it out.

Folder Backup is also in public preview on macOS starting this week. This feature automatically syncs content from macOS devices through OneDrive, such as items found in the desktop and document folders.

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OneDrive is a convenient way to store files, photos, and videos in the cloud. You can access it from a wide range of devices, including those running Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.

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2 Comments
  • And yet... the Windows ARM64 version is still in Beta... great messaging as usual, Microsoft.
  • I'm running OneDrive version 22.022 on a MacBook Pro with M1 Pro processor, and it's still running in intel mode. 😔