What you need to know
- OneDrive sync is now available in public preview for Windows on ARM PCs and Macs with Apple silicon.
- The native versions of OneDrive should perform better on ARM processors than clients run through emulation.
- To try out the new OneDrive sync client, you need to be an Insider.
Microsoft recently released public preview versions of OneDrive sync for Windows on ARM PCs and Macs running Apple's silicon. These clients should have better performance than the versions of OneDrive sync that run through emulation. Microsoft announced the preview versions of OneDrive sync on December 6, 2021, but they will ship to Insiders gradually over the coming days.
Richard Hay spotted the Tech Community post announcing the news and highlighted it on Twitter.
"We're excited to announce that OneDrive sync for Windows on ARM and for Apple silicon is now available as a public preview!" says Microsoft. "We know this has been a long awaited and highly requested feature, and we're thrilled to make it available for early access."
OneDrive sync for native ARM devices now in public previewhttps://t.co/rJ9d8YF0jQ
from #FeedLabOneDrive sync for native ARM devices now in public previewhttps://t.co/rJ9d8YF0jQ
from #FeedLab— Richard Hay (@WinObs) December 6, 2021December 6, 2021
To test out the public preview versions of OneDrive sync, you need to be an Insider. Even if you're already registered as an Insider, you may not receive the updated versions immediately. Microsoft plans to roll out the new version of the OneDrive client over the "next few days." As far as we can tell, it is not possible to force the app to update.
You can become an Insider for OneDrive through the About section of a client. Microsoft shared the above images in its post announcing the public preview versions of OneDrive sync.
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