Microsoft has started testing a native Apple Silicon version of its Skype desktop app. The company says the update is already available to Skype Insiders and should deliver a significant performance boost to all Apple Silicon Mac users.
Microsoft explained that a native Skype client was one of the top requests from the Skype community. Microsoft says this release should ensure seamless communication with friends and co-workers during audio and video calls on Mac devices.
“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,” the Skype team wrote in a blog post.
On top of that, Microsoft fixed a few issues with this preview build. Specifically, the company fixed a bug that caused problems opening and reading documents. Microsoft also fixed an issue that blocked Skype notifications in Microsoft Edge.
Additionally, the latest version of Skype Insider brings fixes for an issue that prevented usernames from appearing in some chats on Windows, iOS, and Android. Microsoft has fixed issues with apps crashing when browsing the gallery and clicking web links on iOS devices.
Microsoft Teams has overtaken Skype as the most popular business communication tool
In recent years, Microsoft Teams has overtaken Skype in popularity, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Microsoft recently revealed a significant overhaul of Skype with colorful themes and artwork. However, Skype is still considered a “prosumer” application, and it lacks integrations with the Microsoft 365 suite of Microsoft Teams. The latter has effectively replaced Skype for Business (formerly Lync) for most organizations, and it provides advanced collaboration and project management tools for enterprise customers.
If you want to try out the new features, you will need to download the latest Skype Insider update on Apple Silicon Macs from the official website. Microsoft plans to roll out this update to all Skype users worldwide in the coming weeks.