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OneDrive sync is about to get better on Windows on ARM PCs and Apple's M1 Macs

Surface Pro X 2020
Surface Pro X 2020 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

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 (opens in new tab) 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."

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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.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

5 Comments
  • Sweet. Annoyingly the OneDrive team still have a block on installing the 64-Bit client from installing on Windows 11 on WoA. Windows 10 doesn't support 64-Bit, but Windows 11 does. The 64-Bit client just loads and immediately closes. Just need Spotify to get their act together. Their app is 32-Bit only, not even 64-Bit :/
  • The Your Phone team need to do the same. 32-Bit on Windows 10 on WoA and 64-Bit on Windows 11 on WoA.
  • Sounds like good progress. I didn't realize this was a limitation of WoA until now. Glad I waited on WoA!
  • It's not actually. The OneDrive app is a low-resource sync tool. The 32-Bit app works fine, you wouldn't know it's working in emulation. Yes its important but the difference in reality will be unnoticeable.
  • Looks like it's rolling out, though my version is now 21.245.1128.0001 which differs from the debug version in the screenshot above.