Office 2016 For Mac Big Sur

Following Apple's unveiling this week of M1-powered Macs, Microsoft has released a new version of its Mac Office 2019 for Mac that includes support for macOS Big Sur and compatibility with Apple. Check our article about how to identify your Mac. Big Sur compatibility. Big Sur is the latest version of macOS. It arrived on some Macs in November 2020. Sierra arrived in September 2016.

The latest Microsoft 365 and Office 2019 updates make the productivity suite fully compatible with macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon — but it is not native code for the M1 processor.

The latest release of Microsoft's Office suite of apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive can be installed on devices that are based on the Apple Silicon architecture. For the best experience, install the November 2020 build 16.43, or newer.

Beyond Apple Silicon compatibility, the new release includes the 'latest optimizations for macOS Big Sur' which is expected to be made available on Thursday afternoon.

Microsoft says that the Apple Silicon updates have feature parity with the previous versions. It also says that the first launch of each Office app will take a bit longer, as macOS is generating optimized code for the Apple Silicon processor — confirming that the code isn't native to Apple Silicon, and is relying on Rosetta 2 for operation.

There does not appear to be any discrete download at this time. The new updates are available through the Microsoft Update utility in macOS.

A Microsoft 365 subscription comes in business, personal and family versions. The business version costs from $5 per month per user, and the personal edition is $6.99 per month.

Office 2016 For Mac Big Sur

Microsoft recently announced that it was officially ending support for Office 2016 for Mac on October 13, 2020. Apple Silicon compatibility in Office 2016 is questionable.


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(EDU 2019-2020)
(EDU 2020-2021)
(EDU 2021-2022)
Client Products (e.g. SOLIDWORKS)
Windows 10, 64-bit
Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit
Server Products (e.g. SOLIDWORKS PDM)
Windows Server 2019

(2019 SP3)

Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012 R2
eDrawings for Mac
macOS Big Sur (11.0)
macOS Catalina (10.15)
macOS Mojave (10.14)
macOS High Sierra (10.13)
macOS Sierra (10.12)
Microsoft SQL and Office

Office 2016 For Mac Big Sur Windows 10

(EDU 2019-2020)
(EDU 2020-2021)
(EDU 2021-2022)
SQL 2019

SQL 2019 CU4 required

SQL 2017
SQL 2016
SQL 2014

SQL 2014 SP3 required

SQL 2014 SP3 required

(End of Life: SW2021 SP5)

SQL 2012
MS Office
Microsoft Excel and Word2013, 2016,
2019 (SW2019 SP2)
2013, 2016, 20192016, 2019
Hardware and Hypervisors

Office 2016 For Mac Big Sur Free

Processor3.3 GHz or higher
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Hypervisors (Virtual Environments)



VMware vSphere ESXi



6.7 U3

VMware Workstation141515.5
Microsoft Hyper-V201620192019
Parallels Desktop, Mac1414TBA
Citrix XenServer7.47.68.2
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ProductsStart of SupportEnd of Support1
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Windows 7, 64-bitSW 2010 SP1SW 2020 SP5
Windows Server 2019SW 2019 SP3Active
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Windows Server 2012 R2SW 2014 SP3SW 2019 SP5
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SQL Server 2016SW 2017 SP0Active
SQL Server 2014SW 2015 SP0SW 2021 SP5
SQL Server 2012SW 2013 SP2SW 2019 SP5
IE 11SW 2014 SP3Active
Excel, Word 2019 (64-bit recommended)SW 2019 SP2Active
Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended)SW 2016 SP3Active
Excel, Word 2013SW 2013 SP4SW 2020 SP5
macOS Big Sur (11.0)eDrawings 2021Active
macOS Catalina (10.15)

eDrawings 2020


macOS Mojave (10.14)eDrawings 2019


macOS High Sierra (10.13)eDrawings 2019Active
macOS Sierra (10.12)eDrawings 2017eDrawings 2019
Microsoft/Apple Products Support Lifecycle (SOLIDWORKS 2018 and older)
ProductsStart of SupportEnd of Support1
Windows 8.1, 64-bitSW 2014 SP1SW 2018 SP5
Windows 7, 32-bitSW 2010 SP1SW 2014 SP5
Windows Vista, 64-bitSW 2008 SP3.1SW 2013 SP5
Windows Vista, 32-bitSW 2008 SP0SW 2013 SP5
Windows XP, 64-bitSW 2006 SP4SW 2012 SP5
Windows XP, 32-bitSW 2001Plus SP0SW 2013 SP5
Windows Server 2012SW 2014 SP0SW 2018 SP5
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1SW 2009SW 2017 SP5
Windows Server 2008SW 2008SW 2014 SP5
SQL Server 2008 R2SW 2010 SP4SW 2017 SP5
IE 10SW 2013 SP0SW 2016 SP5
IE 9SW 2011 SP4SW 2015 SP5
IE 8SW 2009 SP5SW 2014 SP5
Excel, Word 2010SW 2010 SP5SW 2018 SP5
Excel, Word 2007SW 2008 SP1SW 2014 SP5
OS X El Capitan (10.11)eDrawings 2017eDrawings 2018
OS X Yosemite (10.10)eDrawings 2015eDrawings 2018


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