Microsoft’s faster and redesigned Teams app now available for Windows and Mac

Microsoft is rolling out a new and improved version of its Microsoft Teams chat client today. It has been rebuilt from the ground up to make it faster and easier to use and has been in preview since March. After years of development, Windows and Mac users can now freely install the new version of Microsoft Teams.

The new version of Teams is up to two times faster while using 50 percent less memory, according to Microsoft. That’s good news to anyone who uses Teams already, which has been particularly resource-hungry on older laptops and PCs. Installing the new Microsoft Teams app should be three times faster and launching or joining meetings two times faster, with the app now taking up 70 percent less disk space.

The new Microsoft Teams app.

The new Microsoft Teams app.

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All of these performance improvements are thanks to Microsoft ditching the Electron foundations of Teams and moving toward Microsoft’s Edge WebView2 technology. Microsoft has also moved to the React JavaScript library and focused on improving the Microsoft Teams design with the Fluent design language system for several UI improvements.