Like all video conferencing tools, Microsoft Teams is far from perfect, but it gets better every year. Despite several shortcomings, according to Microsoft, it remains one of our favorite services in the market and even has more than 115 million active users.
In recent months, Microsoft has promised that the upcoming Microsoft Teams update would bring some substantial performance improvements and reduce overall resource usage. In a new forum post, Microsoft has quietly confirmed that it is also working on a performance update for the macOS client, which is based on Electron.
Details have not been shared, but this is yet another confirmation that Microsoft Teams will soon work better on MacBook, even if you have the model with low-end specs.
As explained by users on Microsoft forums, the Teams desktop client always uses a significant amount of CPU and is almost ‘unusable’ in some cases
“Looks like Zoom easily beats performance and features on Mac. Probably related to the underlying foundation on which each was built. Given that Teams takes months and possibly years to fix bugs, that’s about all you can really say it on”, one user commented on the forums.
Fortunately, Microsoft is aware of the reports and is currently working on a new update that will reduce memory/CPU usage.
Microsoft is also aggressively addressing other areas of performance around the Mac client, but it’s not clear yet when that update will arrive.
Other features are coming to Microsoft Teams
According to Microsoft 365 Roadmap, the company will finally allow you to reply to a specific message. You’ll soon be able to right-click on a message and attach the original message to your reply, allowing users to quickly jump back to older conversations or get more context.
In addition to these improvements, Microsoft is also introducing support for a new emoji picker that supports different skin tones, categories, and up to 800 emojis.
Aside from the new emoji chooser, the Teams desktop client would be improved together mode, low bandwidth usage mode, and more.
Microsoft currently plans to roll out these new features in April.