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Microsoft Teams is now available on Linux

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Available in public preview, Microsoft just added Linux support for their unified communication and collaboration platform Microsoft Teams.

Starting today, Microsoft Teams is available for Linux users in public preview, enabling high quality collaboration experiences for the open source community at work and in educational institutions. Users can download the native Linux packages in .deb and .rpm formats here. We are constantly improving based on community feedback, so please download and submit feedback based on your experience.

The Microsoft Teams client is the first Office app that is coming to Linux desktops, and will support all of Teams’ core capabilities. Teams is the hub for teamwork that brings together chat, video meetings, calling, and collaboration on Office 365 documents and business processes within a single, integrated experience.

Marissa Salazar, Microsoft

This isn't just appearing out of nowhere though, Microsoft has been working with select companies (like Volvo Cars) over the course of a few months with the Linux client of Teams. It seems there was enough interest to bring it over to Linux. Sounds like a similar story with Unity, when they officially announced the Linux Editor being in Preview a few months ago due to increasing demand. You can find the official announcement here.

Not gaming news of course but we do often cover lots of Linux-related cool stuff. It's good to see Microsoft begin to slowly change and accept Linux, even using it themselves and integrating it into Windows with the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Heck, even their new web browser Edge is going to be coming to Linux. Every step like this, brings down another barrier for developers of all kinds using Linux, don't underestimate the importance of it.

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eldaking 12 Dec, 2019
Quoting: Salvatos
Quoting: eldakingOf course, what I really want is for Office to stop shitting all over standards and making their files incompatible with every other software.
Same, I’m a lot more interested in Microsoft opening up their standards or switching to open standards than in installing their software on Linux. I like LibreOffice just fine but it still shits the bed when I receive MS Office files with frames and absolute-positioned content.

They do use open standards. Office Open XML (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx) are an international standard, due to much lobbying by Microsoft.

But Microsoft doesn't properly follow the standards, saving the documents in a wrong version of the format, and thus ruining compatibility.
Praxach 12 Dec, 2019
I am old enough to remember MS policy of Embrace, Extend, and Extinguish. I am glad they are working with Linux more, but I still don't trust MS. Their policies are a huge reason of why I have embraced open source software as much as I have.,_extend,_and_extinguish
Vortex_Acherontic 13 Dec, 2019
Quoting: Linas
Quoting: Vortex_AcheronticDot.Net needs to be done with Mono on Linux or via Wine (yeah there is Dot.Net core but I never saw it in action in any meaningful way and I assume it only has a subset of all that stuff which is included into Dot.Net since it is called "core").
.Net Core is actually pretty nice by itself. The project structure, the tooling, the web framework (ASP.Net Core) are all much more sane than the classic .Net, and much nicer to work with. It's not really a subset, but a different implementation that exists in parallel, with it's own set of technologies. Therefore it's not a drop-in replacement.

There are actually 3 different implementations of .Net: .Net Framework, .Net Core, and Mono. As a developer you can either target one of them or target .Net Standard, which is a common subset that all 3 frameworks implement.

As long as you target a specific .Net Standard version, the code is very portable. The problem is that there's still a lot of stuff not covered by the standard, and it is very tempting to just target the classic .Net Framework, mix in some binary libs for good measure, and the whole "standard" thing gets tossed out the window.

It's a bit of a mess right now, but I have worked on several .Net projects on Linux, and it was relatively painless. You only need Windows if you are doing some deep integration with something like Microsoft Office or Windows API's. Considering that most of that stuff is being replaced by Azure services, Windows is becoming less and less relevant.

Oh cool, sound indeed more promising and better as I initially thought. Thank you for letting me know :)
Shmerl 15 Dec, 2019
Quoting: Liam DaweRegardless of the issues surrounding collab/IM clients like this, my point was still pretty clear. If a lot of people use them, we need them available on Linux and I'm sure you fully understand this.

It looks Web based, so browser should be good enough. Their client is likely a wrapped browser engine anyway.

My views on proliferation of such stuff though is like those of Eben Moglen.

Last edited by Shmerl on 16 December 2019 at 3:47 am UTC
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