Microsoft Teams finally gets native macOS notifications

Macos Big Sur Preview Notification Center Hero
Macos Big Sur Preview Notification Center Hero (Image credit: Rene Ritchie)

What you need to know

  • After years of waiting, Microsoft Teams now supports native macOS notifications.
  • The change now means that Teams will honor users' Do Not Disturb settings for the first time.

After a wait that some thought might never end, the day is finally here — Microsoft Teams supports native macOS notifications on devices running macOS 10.15 and later.

In a move that's been years in the making, Microsoft confirmed that the change has now been made and that Teams is finally following not only standard macOS notification practice, but that it will also now respect Do Not Disturb settings as a result.

We are thrilled to share that Teams now supports Mac OS notifications on Mac OS 10.15 and above. With release of this feature, Teams honours OS notification features such as Do No Disturb, Notification center triaging and more.

The statement came via an old forum thread that was spotted by the folks at Windows Latest.

The fact that Teams didn't support Do Not Disturb and Notification Center until now is mind-boggling, but here we are. Given the fact people have been working from home with Teams installed and pinging away, it's a miracle there hasn't been some sort of revolt!

Few would argue that Teams is the best Mac app around, but it now at least follows the same rules as everyone else.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.