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Microsoft says OneDrive will support M1-powered Macs 'later this year'

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft says it's working to have OneDrive running natively on Apple silicon this year.
  • Known Folder Move is coming to macOS, too.

Microsoft says that it's working to have OneDrive run natively on Apple silicon "later this year" in a new blog post (opens in new tab) that also confirmed a much-requested feature is in the works – Known Folder Move.

Support for M1-powered Macs is something users have been asking for and Microsoft says that it's been listening to those requests. OneDrive will no longer need Rosetta 2 by the end of the year.

We are thrilled to announce that later this year, we will be updating OneDrive for Mac to run natively on M1-powered Macs. This means that OneDrive will take full advantage of the performance improvements on M1, making you even more productive on the latest iMac, MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

The same blog post also saw Microsoft confirm that KNown Folder Move (KFM) is coming to macOS for the first time, allowing users to redirect their Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders to OneDrive. It'll mean that users will be able to have those folders appear in OneDrive and across multiple machines, always in sync.

This means that people using OneDrive on the latest version of macOS can continue using folders they're familiar with to do their daily work and be assured that their data is backed up and secure.

There's no hard date for any of those, however. Microsoft just says that it'll come later this year which leaves it a solid six months to work with.

The hot new M1 machine is undoubtedly the M1-powered iMac. You can look to grab your own by checking out the best iMac deals we could find, too.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.