Latest Skype Insider Update Brings Native Support for Apple Silicon Macs

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Microsoft has started testing a native Apple Silicon version of its Skype desktop app. The company says that the update is already available for Skype Insiders, and it should offer a significant performance boost to all users with Apple Silicon Macs.

Microsoft explained that a native Skype client was one of the top requests from the Skype community. Microsoft claims this release should ensure seamless communication with friends and colleagues during audio and video calls on Mac devices.

“Skype’s optimized performance for the Apple Silicon M1 chip is designed to provide an unparalleled experience, delivering maximum performance and reliability. With this native Apple M1 support, Skype delivers faster and more reliable call connections, so you can stay connected with the people who matter most to you,” the Skype team wrote in a blog post.

In addition to this, Microsoft has addressed a couple of issues with this preview release. Specifically, the company resolved a bug that caused problems with opening and reading documents. Microsoft also addressed an issue that was blocking Skype notifications in Microsoft Edge.

Furthermore, the latest Skype Insider build brings fixes for an issue that prevented user names from appearing in some chats on Windows, iOS, and Android. Microsoft addressed app crashing issues while navigating to the gallery and clicking web links on iOS devices.

Microsoft Teams surpassed Skype as a more popular business communication tool

In recent years, Microsoft Teams has surpassed Skype in popularity, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Microsoft recently revealed a significant overhaul of Skype with colorful themes and illustrations. However, Skype is still being seen as a “prosumer” app, and it lacks the integrations with the Microsoft 365 suite that Microsoft Teams has. The latter actually replaced Skype for Business (previously Lync) for most organizations, and it provides advanced collaboration and project management tools for enterprise customers.

If you’re interested in trying 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 next few weeks.