Apple announced the transition from Intel-based Macs to its own Apple Silicon chips nearly three years ago, but some apps still haven’t been updated to take full advantage of the M1 and M2 chips. Fortunately, another app will soon join the updated list, as Microsoft is finally working on a version of Skype for Apple Silicon Macs.
Skype will soon work natively on Apple Silicon Macs
As noted Petri, Microsoft has started testing a new version of the Skype app for macOS that adds native support for the Apple Silicon platform. In a blog post, Microsoft says the update makes the app run up to three times faster on Macs powered by M1 and M2 chips.
“Say goodbye to sluggish, sluggish calling experiences, and hello to blazing-fast performance with crystal-clear audio and video quality,” the company wrote. According to Microsoft, owner of Skype, the new app provides “faster and more reliable call connections” for Apple Silicon Mac users. The company has shared a video showing that chat load times have been reduced from 200ms to 70ms on M1 Macs.
Skype’s performance-optimized for Apple Silicon M1 chip is designed to deliver an unparalleled experience, delivering maximum performance and reliability. With this native Apple M1 support, Skype delivers faster, more reliable call connections, so you can stay in touch with the people who matter most to you.
Applications that run natively on Apple Silicon can take full advantage of the M1 and M2 family of chips. For MacBook users, this means the software will consume less power, which will extend battery life.
In 2021, the Skype app for Mac has been completely redesigned with new features, including built-in translation that works in real time during calls. The Insider version of Skype with support for Apple Silicon Macs can be downloaded through the app’s website. It is unknown when the update will be available for all users.
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