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April 27, 2022

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

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- en iPad-apps op de Mac via de Mac App Store
  • Apps die door De Rosetta 2-vertaling lopen, waarmee gebruikers apps kunnen uitvoeren die zijn gemaakt voor Intel Macs op Apple Silicon, waarbij apps soms beter presteren in Rosetta met M1 dan met Intel, zegt Apple
  • Universele apps zijn apps die zijn gebouwd voor Apple Silicon- en Intel-processors en kunnen worden gedownload van de Mac App Store of van 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.

Microsoft releases new public preview versions of its applications every week. The next version was officially released on April 26.

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

Source: 9to5mac

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