Native support for OneDrive sync on Windows on ARM and Apple Silicon is now in preview

Microsoft's cloud storage solution, OneDrive, is updated from time to time with new features. One of its capabilities is a sync client that synchronizes content between your local machine and your online OneDrive storage. Back in June, Microsoft announced that the OneDrive sync client would be updated to run natively on Mac devices. Today, this feature has been rolled out as a public preview.

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The OneDrive sync client now runs natively on ARM and Apple Silicon devices. OneDrive customers can enable this preview via OneDrive Settings > About after joining the Insiders ring. Although the enhancement is now available, it will be rolled out to everyone in the next few days so fret not if it isn't immediately visible to you.

Prior to this, Apple Silicon devices were forced to use make use of Rosetta 2 emulation in order to run the OneDrive sync client. Meanwhile, Windows on ARM devices utilized either a 32-bit version of the software or ran the 64-bit variant via x64 emulation - something that Microsoft has now killed for Windows 10 on ARM devices.

As it now stands, the OneDrive sync client runs natively on Apple Silicon and Windows on ARM hardware. In theory, this should enable better performance, but Microsoft hasn't detailed more advantages in its announcement blog post. If you're on the aforementioned hardware, you should probably check out Microsoft's dedicated FAQs page here.

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