Microsoft Teams adds audio sharing and notifications for Mac users

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Those running Microsoft Teams on macOS are now able to share their Mac's system audio during a video call when another user is screen sharing.


Microsoft Teams for Mac
Microsoft Teams for Mac



Microsoft has begun standardizing certain features of Microsoft Teams, such as the ability to share system audio, and bringing them to the Mac. Windows users have always been able to share their system audio during another person's screen share, and starting with the April 22 update, macOS users can, too.

According to Windows Latest, Microsoft will also be bringing native macOS system notifications in a future update.

Previously, Microsoft Teams used program-specific notifications for both Windows and macOS users. Microsoft began rolling out native Windows 10 notifications in early April.

Microsoft will likely be bringing the feature to the Mac app soon, allowing notifications to be viewed in Notification Center. However, it appears it isn't going to force users to adopt Notification Center instead of its existing system.

"There is no change in message notification behaviour until a user enables the native OS notifications," Microsoft told Windows Latest.

In December, the company announced a slew of changes to the calling features on its Microsoft Teams app, including support for CarPlay and transferring calls between devices.




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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    Wow they can make all these audio updates, but still can’t figure out how to maintain audio input/output with air pods consistently. If the OS knows that I just switched complete audio control to my air pods, why can’t Teams figure it out? Every other app can... typical Microsoft crap.
    qwerty52watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 11
    crowleycrowley Posts: 7,622member
    The worst, most infuriating piece of software on my Mac.  Alas, required for work.
    muthuk_vanalingamcincyteewatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 11
    Isn't this where someone is supposed to claim they're only doing it because of the antitrust investigations?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 11
    Personally, I'd rather they enabled virtual backgrounds in Teams before doing this...
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 11
    scartartscartart Posts: 200member
    Personally, I'd rather they enabled virtual backgrounds in Teams before doing this...
    Microsoft agrees, which is why virtual backgrounds have been available for some time.
    xyzzy01
  • Reply 6 of 11
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,421member
    So....as some here know, I'm a teacher.  We started using Teams last spring.  I did live events once a week, and now use it extensively for recording virtual lessons with screen sharing, audio, etc.  Here's the thing...I was using my Mac for these Teams Live meetings from home.  I SWEAR I could include system audio.  Then, when I came back to it last fall, I no longer had that option.  I had to limit my presentation of audio as a result.  Now it's back? Ok then.  
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 11
    focherfocher Posts: 676member
    I periodically have to use Teams with certain clients. If I have one request, it's native Apple Silicon support. Kinda strange that MS was very quick getting Office available with native ASi versions but Teams doesn't even have a timeline. Even Remote Desktop now has a native ASi beta available.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 11
    In wish they would just focus on the basics like popping out multiple team windows (do they really think people just work in one team at a time?). Especially when viewing/editing files from one channel but you need to grab something from another channel.

    How about organisation of colleagues into groups (for example smaller groups of people you message directly).

    This product is nowhere near ready for enterprise use.

     Another case of ‘copy a copy idea’ (in this case Slack) without the granularity and context of why.

     And it’s painfully slow. Probably because it’s still based on Electron framework.


    edited April 22 muthuk_vanalingamfahlmanMac512userwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 11
    nicholfdnicholfd Posts: 503member
    focher said:
    I periodically have to use Teams with certain clients. If I have one request, it's native Apple Silicon support. Kinda strange that MS was very quick getting Office available with native ASi versions but Teams doesn't even have a timeline. Even Remote Desktop now has a native ASi beta available.
    You can thank Microsoft for using Electron - like Java, lowest common denominator & runs poorly everywhere (including Windows).  They haven't moved to a newer version of Electron that supports ASi.
    fahlmanwatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 11
    xyzzy01xyzzy01 Posts: 78member
    The main thing I'm missing is multiple enterprise accounts.

    As a consultant, only being able to be logged in at either the customer or my employer is deeply productivity-killing. They added the ability to add a private account in addition to the enterprise one, but I've never seen a use for that.
    Mac512userwatto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 11
    cincyteecincytee Posts: 328member
    crowley said:
    The worst, most infuriating piece of software on my Mac.  Alas, required for work.

    Agreed. Just awful bloatware.
    watto_cobra
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