Microsoft Teams update for macOS will enable native notifications

Microsoft Teams for macOS

Earlier this month, Microsoft started rolling out
native notifications support to Teams for Windows 10. For
macOS, Microsoft says the feature is still being developed and
it appears to have been delayed after the tech giant decided to
make additional changes to improve reliability.

“Based on learning’s from our early rings, we have made the
decision to make additional changes before we proceed with the
rollout. We will deliver a new Message center post once we are
ready to proceed with the rollout. Thank you for your
patience,” Microsoft noted.

After the update, Microsoft Teams users will start to see
notifications from their channels in the macOS notification
center. They’ll look just like macOS’ own notifications, and
will appear in the notification center alongside messages from
the operating system and other apps.

The roadmap
indicates that Micorosft Teams native notifications support is
still expected to launch in April, but it seems unlikely at
this point, especially when we consider the new statement from
Microsoft.

Microsoft Teams native notifications early look

This feature requires macOS 10.14+ and it would be optional,
which means Microsoft won’t change the notification system
without your permission.

“There is no change in message notification behaviour until a
user enables the native OS notifications,” the company said.

Microsoft previously stated that users can customize their
preferred notification system via Teams’ built-in notification
settings page. If you’re interested, you can change
notifications of Teams messages from the Teams app notification
settings, as shown in the below screenshot.

Microsoft Teams native notification
Native notifications in Teams (preview)

Microsoft Teams now lets you share system audio on macOS

In related news, Microsoft Teams for macOS is getting a new
feature that will finally allow other people to hear the sound
of audio playing on your MacBook when you’re sharing the
screen.

Teams for Windows has always supported the feature and it’s
going to be optional.

Once enabled, you can play audio or video clip on your device
and let other people hear the sound of the system, which would
be really helpful for teachers and businesses.

In addition to these macOS-specific improvements,
Teams is also getting a new dynamic view, presenter view,
and more this month.

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