In August, it was reported that Microsoft would soon release a native ARM64 version of Microsoft Teams to provide improved performance and reliability on ARM devices. Until now, we had no exact idea when we’ll finally be able to run Teams natively on ARM64 devices.
In a recent update to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, the company indicated that Microsoft Teams will finally get a native ARM64 version later this month. While Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement, surprisingly, an installer has already been leaked on Reddit (via Windows Central). So far, a few users have installed the leaked installer and confirmed that it seems to work fine on their Windows on ARM devices (such as Surface Pro X).
As Windows Central reports, the Teams installer (version 1.3.00.26064) is called “Teams_windows_arm64.exe” and after installation, users should see Teams running as 64-bit (ARM64) instead of 32-bit emulation in Task Management. An HP Envy x2 user (a Windows 10 tablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor) shared a screenshot on Reddit to confirm this change:
Once Microsoft officially releases the app, the company releases an update to automatically override the 32-bit version with the native ARM64 version. In particular, the new Teams app is expected to be officially available for all ARM-powered PCs (including Surface Pro X, HP Envy, Lenovo Yoga or Samsung Galaxy Book) in mid-October.
Although Microsoft Teams users have been able to use the app on their ARM devices until now, it has unfortunately been plagued by a number of performance issues. As ARM64 devices have become more popular than ever among Microsoft users, it’s good to see that the Teams desktop app is optimized for ARM64 devices for better compatibility.
Have you installed the native Microsoft Teams app on your PCs? Have you noticed any performance improvements?