Previously, Mac users have been forced to use non-native versions of the Microsoft Teams app, using Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation tech to operate on machines with M1 chips, causing a drop-off in performance. The update is still listed as “in development” for the time being, but has an expected release date of September 2022, meaning users won’t have too long to wait. The news follows a beta for Microsoft Teams on Apple Silicon earlier this year as the company looked to iron out any issues or bugs before entering full development.
Microsoft Teams will now support native Apple Silicon. Microsoft has stated that native support for the Mac platform is in the works, which may mean using Teams on a Mac will soon be much simpler. The video conferencing service will soon be available as a Universal Binary Mac, which means it will work natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon based Mac machines, according to a post(opens in new tab) on the official Microsoft 365 roadmap.
At first, only a handful of Microsoft Teams apps will be available outside the regular client; some from Microsoft itself (e.g. Power BI) and some from third-party vendors like Zoho and Mural. However, the company has promised to double down on the program, with a raft of Teams apps migrating to other Microsoft spaces in the months to come.
Users have been clamoring for some time for a Mac-native Microsoft Teams app, so the fact it is listed as a Universal app should also help appeal to users with both x86 and Apple Silicon, particularly now the latter has seen the second-generation M2 chip released. Here’s our list of the best headsets for conference calls right now(opens in new tab)
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