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Microsoft Teams adds native Apple silicon support at long last

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Microsoft Teams is getting native support for M1 and M2 Macs ... pretty soon.
Microsoft Teams is getting native support for M1 and M2 Macs ... pretty soon.
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Apple first said it would transition from Intel chips to Apple silicon more than 2 years ago. Then Cupertino launched the first M1 Mac in November 2020. And, finally, today Microsoft said its Teams app will now run natively on M1 and M2 Macs.

So it’s about time.

But don’t get greedy and expect the upgrade immediately. The Redmond tech giant said the rollout to users will be incremental.

Native Apple silicon support finally comes to Microsoft Teams … gradually

Microsoft Teams, like Slack, Webex and other collaborative business communications apps, offers text-based chat, video conferencing, app integration, file storage and more.

Microsoft said Wednesday in a blog post it would roll out native support in Microsoft Teams for Apple silicon Macs, adding it’s “committed to innovation and committed to the Mac.”

Even so, Microsoft said the update will roll out to customers “in increments” over the coming months. So you might not get the update very soon even if you have Microsoft Teams running on an Apple Silicon Mac (one with an M1 or M2 chip).

Once your Microsoft Teams app receives the update, though, the company said you should see a “significant boost in performance” as well as efficiency improvements.

Microsoft said:

We are rolling out a production grade universal binary version of Teams, which means it will run natively on the entire Mac lineup, including those with Apple silicon. For Mac users, this means a significant boost in performance, ensuring efficient use of device resources and an optimized Teams experience even when using multiple high-resolution monitors during calls or meetings.

Microsoft began beta testing a version of Teams optimized for Apple Silicon in April.

Once fully available, this new Microsoft Teams version will be a “universal” binary. That means the same version can run natively on Apple Silicon-powered Macs as well as Macs with Intel chips.

But you may end up waiting a while before the update hits your devices.