Microsoft Teams now supports the MacBook's Touch Bar

Macbook Pro Touch Bar Hero
Macbook Pro Touch Bar Hero (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams now supports the MacBook Touch Bar.
  • You can turn your camera on and off, mute and unmute your microphone, and perform other tasks with the Touch Bar.
  • Touch Bar support works within calls and meetings within Teams.

Back in December, we reported that Touch Bar support was on the way for Microsoft Teams. Now, the feature has rolled out and is generally available. The feature allows you to control various aspects of Microsoft Teams without having to use your mouse or keyboard.

A Microsoft UserVoice forum post confirms that Touch Bar support is available:

We are excited to announce that Touch Bar controls are now available during calls and meetings on MacBook Pros. Users are now able to use the Touch Bar to turn their camera on/off, mute/unmute their microphone, raise/lower hand, leave a meeting and more.

Since the Touch Bar is like an adaptable row of function keys, apps can take advantage of it to create custom controls. For example, a photo editing app might have an adjustment slider, or a music app might have play and pause controls.

There are reports that the Touch Bar might be going away in the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBooks (via iMore), but there will still be plenty of devices with a Touch Bar for some time.

With support for the Touch Bar, people on MacBooks can control their Microsoft Teams experience a bit easier without having to uses their mouse or keyboard.

Sean Endicott
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4 Comments
  • Isn't Apple deprecating the Touch Bar in future devices. MS is a day late and a dollar short on this one.
  • There are nothing but rumors.
  • Some might say that Apple was a day late and a dollar short on the whole "touching your laptop" concept. Hence its removal from future devices.
  • That is sort of unfortunate, but my last MacBook lasted 8 years, and I expect this one will too, so I'm good for a while I imagine. Oh, and the previous MacBook didn't die, it just got to old for the OS upgrade so I got a new one, sold the old one, and the new owner is just fine with it.