Microsoft Office 365 Apps for Mac Gets Better With Outlook Support

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Microsoft Office 365 Apps for Mac that are optimized for Apple Silicon and iCloud Accounts gets better with Microsoft Outlook support. The Redmond-based software giant revealed that Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook for Mac has been optimized for Apple Silicon. The company added that these apps are redesigned in such a way that it works with macOS for enhanced productivity. Microsoft revealed that the updated Office apps are exclusively designed to take full advantage of the enhancements on new Mac machines such as MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini.

According to the Windows manufacturer, the new Office apps continue to run perfectly on Macs with Intel processors. Moreover, the apps work in tandem with the new features of macOS Big Sur. If you have activated automated updates, you will receive new update for Microsoft 365 for Mac. Alternatively, you can navigate to the Mac App Store and select Updates tab. With Microsoft AutoUpdate, you can navigate to the Office app’s help menu and select Check for Updates.

Microsoft also announced the addition of the Fluent UI design system and will be available for users starting next month. The refreshed Outlook for Mac in Microsoft Office 365 Apps for Mac has been updated to match the new look of macOS Big Sur. You will be able to add iCloud accounts in Outlook, which enable you to manage emails, contacts, and calendars simultaneously. Microsoft also announced that they are working on Microsoft Teams universal app support for M1 Mac machines.

Microsoft is also planning to push a new dictation toolbar with voice commands, which enables you to create content with your voice. This new functionality will hit Word and Outlook for Mac before the end of Q1 2021.

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