In June 2021, the tech giant Microsoft started testing a native version of its OneDrive Sync application for M1 Macs. Originally, the company was supposed to release the stable version by the end of 2021, but the company is not on its original schedule. The good news is the company has started rolling out a stable update now.
In a community, Microsoft shared, “We’re excited to announce that OneDrive sync for macOS will now run natively on Apple silicon chip. 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.”
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OneDrive won’t need Rosetta 2 layer compatibility from now on
Moving forward, OneDrive won’t need to support Rosetta 2 layer to run Apple machines with an M1 chip. On top of that, users will experience faster speeds and performance, as well as increased battery life thanks to the new development. Plus, they won’t notice any change; OneDrive will function the same way it used to on macOS.
Apart from the aforesaid things, Microsoft is also working on Folder Backup support for Macs. The feature is also called Known Folder Move and it allows synchronization of files and Document folders on a system via OneDrive. Microsoft claims that this feature is particularly helpful for organizations. Since they can offer employees systems with all their files ready to go. However, this feature is limited to macOS Monterey 12.1, as of now.
Without a doubt, Microsoft has shifted its focus to OneDrive for macOS in recent times. This comes as Apple has started deprecating kernel extensions use by most of the cloud services to monitor file changes.
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