Microsoft Teams app for macOS will natively support Apple Silicon Macs in September this year. The company included the announcement as part of its roadmap for Microsoft 365.
Currently, Microsoft Teams runs on M1 and M2 MacBook models through Rosetta 2 which does not deliver the same level of performance as a native app does. Therefore, Teams users have been heavily requesting for native support for M1 and M2 processors.
New Microsoft Teams “Universal” app will natively support Intel and Apple Silicon based Macs
Petri reports that the new Universal app of Microsoft Teams for macOS will be natively support both Intel-based and M1 and M2 Apple Silicon Mac models.
Microsoft says that its new Teams “Universal” app for M1/2 Macs should perform better than the existing client for Intel-based devices. “Teams now comes as a Universal Binary Mac so it runs natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon based Mac devices,” the company explained on the Microsoft 365 roadmap.
Having said that, the unofficial beta version of the new Teams app for macOS is available for users to try. A pre-released version of the app was leaked online and since then, several users have downloaded it from Microsoft’s website.
As beta updates contain instabilities, the tech company strongly discourages users from installing the unauthorized beta version of the new Teams app. Company’s engineer Alex wrote on Microsoft’s feedback portal:
“Recently some sites have published articles about a Microsoft Teams Beta release of a Universal Binary application that runs natively on both M1 and Intel based processors. The information in these articles is inaccurate, and they have no backing from Microsoft.
“We discourage users from trying this version (and any other versions that do not come from official Microsoft distribution channels), as it is still in the early phases of testing, fixing, and validation.”
Previously, Microsoft updated Teams with CarPlay support for calls and introduced a new Walkie Talkie app on iOS.