Microsoft Teams version with Apple Silicon optimization quietly released

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Microsoft has quietly released a version of its Microsoft Teams platform that has been optimized for Apple Silicon — more than a year after Apple announced its transition to proprietary chips.

The company has not officially announced the optimized version of Teams, and the software appears to be a beta version. It isn't publicly available to Teams users, but is obtainable from Microsoft's website.

On Monday, 9to5Mac noted that the file was seemingly uploaded to Microsoft's website sometime in late April. The app, when downloaded and installed, is now a "Universal" app, meaning it's optimized for Macs with both Intel and Apple Silicon chips.

Microsoft does release new public preview versions of its app weekly. The next available preview will launch on Tuesday, April 26.

It isn't clear when exactly Microsoft will publicize or announce the optimized version of Teams, but it has been at least 18 months since Apple first kicked off its transition to first-party silicon with the M1.

Microsoft Teams is a workplace communication tool similar to Slack. Although it has been available on Apple Silicon Macs via Rosetta 2, some users have complained about the lack of native support.

While it's likely that Microsoft will officially launch the optimized update, users can download the version from the company's website as of Monday.