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 to Teams users, you can download it from the company’s website.
Microsoft has not 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. This means that it is optimized for Macs with both Intel and Apple Silicon.
As a refresher, Macs powered by Apple Silicon can run three different types of applications:
- iPhone and iPad apps on the Mac from the Mac App Store
- Apps running through The Rosetta 2 translation, which allows users to run apps made for Intel Macs on Apple Silicon, with apps sometimes performing better in Rosetta with M1 than with Intel, Apple says
- Universal apps are apps built for Apple Silicon and Intel processors and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or from the Internet.
Until this week, Microsoft Teams for macOS would run as an Intel application 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, which means it is not necessarily perfectly stable and may contain bugs and performance issues. Nevertheless, it should bring noticeable improvements in performance on Apple Silicon machines.