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Microsoft has updated the Office for Mac beta version to support the upcoming Apple Silicon devices.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 19:40 GMT
Although Apple has not yet released a consumer-oriented device using the independently developed processor Apple Silicon, the company has announced that it will launch a new device equipped with Apple Silicon for the first time in the “One more thing” event on November 10th, local time in the United States.
Prior to this, Microsoft seems to have introduced certain features compatible with Apple Silicon in its Office Insider test program. For example, a new version released on November 2 includes support for Apple’s new processor in SQL Server connection settings.
More specifically, the built-in SQL Open Data Connection (ODBC) provider in Excel for Mac now supports Apple Silicon devices. Microsoft also added support for the TLS v1.2 communication protocol.
Microsoft wrote in its release note: “This feature supports SQL Server ODBC data connection, can work normally on new devices equipped with Apple Silicon processors, and supports SQL servers that require a secure connection through the TLS v1.2 protocol.”
The Excel function allows users to use the built-in ODBC driver to access data in the SQL Server database. Since this feature is still in the testing phase, it may take some time to be implemented on Apple Silicon devices.
According to rumors, Apple’s first batch of Macs equipped with Apple Silicon will be 13-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air.