This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Apple announced that it will hold a "one more thing" event on November 10, and major media outlet Bloomberg reported that a 13-inch MacBook Pro and Air with Apple Silicon, the company's proprietary chip, were expected to be announced at the event.
In the meantime, Microsoft announced that some features of Excel for Mac are now compatible with Apple Silicon in the Office Insider beta testing program. The build released on November 2 (version 16.43) clearly states that "new devices that have Apple Silicon processors" are now supported for SQL Server (Microsoft's database management system) connectivity settings.
The pertinent sections of the official release notes are as follows
"This feature provides support for SQL Server ODBC data connections to work properly on new devices that have Apple Silicon processors, as well as support for SQL Servers that require secure connections via the TLS v1.2 protocol."
Since the feature is in beta testing, it may be a while before it arrives on Apple Silicon devices.
Nevertheless, the fact that Microsoft, the world's largest company, has begun preparing to support it with Excel, a business-standard app, is a strong indication that the announcement of an Apple Silicon powered device may be imminent. Official Apple AR content also hinted that the Apple Silicon version of the MacBook will have its lid open.
Since the Apple Silicon Macs will be switching from Intel chips, compatibility with existing macOS apps remains uncertain. For business users, for whom business continuity is a lifeline, the sign from Microsoft that "Excel and Office apps will still work on Apple Silicon Macs," is likely to be a relief.
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