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Windows 11: Latest version of Office released in Beta, new native 64-bit Arm version available too

Microsoft has rolled out its latest version of Office in Beta. (Image: Microsoft)
Microsoft has rolled out its latest version of Office in Beta. (Image: Microsoft)
Microsoft has taken to its blog to reveal the latest version of Office for Windows. There is also a new version with native Arm support for the first time.

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Microsoft’s software development teams have been very busy of late. We have just seen it roll out the first Beta of the new Windows 11 and now the company has announced a refreshed version of Office designed to integrate into the new Windows 11 environment. The changes aren’t especially striking in their differences, but the company has cleaned up the ribbon UI across all Office apps, improved user customization options and collaboration tools and concentrated on improving workflows across the full suite of apps using Fluent Design principles.

Users of both Windows 10 and the new Windows 11 Beta can now access the new version of Office, also in Beta. Users who have already signed up for the Office Insiders Beta Channel builds can get the update by clicking the megaphone icon to open the Coming Soon pane. The company advises, however, that there are a few known issues. It notes that there will be some colour inconsistencies across different UI services, while you may encounter some bugs. One of the best things about testing beta versions, however, is that you can be closely involved in helping to shape the final version by providing feedback about issues that emerge and feature requests.

Windows on Arm users will also get the first fully native version of Office, which should boost overall system performance and reliability. The new version has full 64-bit support and will support existing 64-bit add-ins using the new X64 emulation capability provided by Windows. Users will need to uninstall any 32-bit versions of office if currently installed, and install Office using the most recent copy of the installer from office.com. As with Intel and AMD users, Arm-based Windows users will also need to join the Office Insider programme.

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The new Office is integrated with Windows 11 system settings including dark mode. (Image: Microsoft)
The new Office is integrated with Windows 11 system settings including dark mode. (Image: Microsoft)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-06-29 (Update: 2021-06-29)