Microsoft Teams optimized for Macs Apple Silicon finally arrives – in beta

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More than 18 months after the release of the first Mac powered by the M1 chip, Microsoft has released a version of Microsoft Teams optimized for Apple Silicon. Although the Apple Silicon version of Microsoft Teams is not yet publicly available for Teams users, you can download it through the company’s website.

Microsoft hasn’t publicly announced this version of Teams for macOS, but the file was discovered on the company’s website this week. When you download and install the app, you can see that Teams is now a “universal” app. That means it’s optimized for Macs with Intel and Apple Silicon.

As a reminder, Macs powered by Apple Silicon can run three different types of applications:

  • iPhone and iPad apps on Mac via the Mac App Store
  • Apps that run through Rosetta 2 translation, which allows users to run apps designed for Intel Macs on Apple Silicon, with apps sometimes running better in Rosetta with M1 than with Intel, according to Apple
  • Universal apps are apps designed for Apple Silicon and Intel processors and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or from the web.

Until this week, Microsoft Teams for macOS would run as an Intel app on Apple Silicon Macs, using Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation technology. The lack of an Apple Silicon version of Teams has led to a number of complaints from Teams users over the past year and a half.

This version of Teams appears to be a beta release, which means it’s not necessarily completely stable and could lead to bugs and performance issues. Still, it should bring noticeable performance improvements on Apple Silicon machines.

Microsoft releases new public preview builds of its apps every week. The next version is expected to be officially released tomorrow, April 26.

If you are a Microsoft Teams user with an Apple Silicon Mac, you can download this beta version of the app from the Microsoft website.

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