Microsoft Groups for Mac has lastly been optimized for Apple Silicon. The favored video conferencing app now helps gadgets powered by Apple’s proprietary chipset, such because the MacBook Air M1.
Microsoft Groups for Mac is now optimized for Apple Silicon
It’s slightly shocking that this took so lengthy, contemplating that Apple’s silicon gadgets debuted nearly two years in the past. Most different builders ported the app to assist ARM64 structure the way in which earlier than. Groups customers have had a semi-volatile expertise with the app, typically criticized for being a supply pig, how gradual it’s to begin up, dropping out, being nearly as unhealthy as a browser.
Given its deployment between faculties, workplaces, companies, particularly through the pandemic, you’d suppose Redmond ought to have allotted extra assets to enhance the expertise. However now, it seems that groups are lastly on the mend. Microsoft says it is dedicated to the Mac, so issues look promising.
That being mentioned, there may be one factor that appears unusual in regards to the new model. The Groups app for Apple Silicon remains to be based mostly on Electron, so it’s not precisely a local macOS app. Whereas that’s not precisely horrible, having Electron as an additional layer will nonetheless affect efficiency and battery life versus an app written in Swift or Xcode.
Upon getting the app put in, you may open Exercise Monitor on macOS, and swap to the CPU tab. The brand new model of Microsoft Groups is recognized as an “Apple” app within the Form column.
However, the outdated model says Intel, which meant it labored via Rosetta.
The built-in audio driver (MSTeamsAudioDevice.driver) appears like Intel, in order that it clearly would not work natively.
Microsoft says the Groups app for Apple Silicon will roll out to customers within the subsequent few weeks. In case you can’t await it, you may obtain the replace pack from the direct hyperlink beneath. The model that helps Apple Silicon is 1.5.00.21565.
The obtain hyperlink is out there on the Microsoft Groups GitHub challenge. Head over to the defconfig web page, and search for the OSX model beneath the “newest preview construct” part. You’ll be able to set up the app in your present model, it ought to improve the set up. It doesn’t change the visible components or choices in any respect.
There’s something else price mentioning. The outdated model of Microsoft Themes solely took up about 265.6 MB of area to put in. The brand new model packs greater than double that, at about 537.2MB. That may expend a superb chunk of the storage, particularly on MacBooks with low drive capability.
Apple permits builders a method to embrace each Intel and ARM64 variations of the code in the identical bundle, through common binaries. Thus, the app can run on Intel-based Macs, and Apple Silicon gadgets. Microsoft appears to be utilizing that for groups, which may clarify why the app is now twice as large as earlier than.
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