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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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Kimyrielle 10 December 2019 at 4:54 pm UTC
In the Steve Ballmer era, I'd have suggested someone to go check the temperature in hell, but these days, I am not even surprised anymore. The new management's strategy is a lot less Windows-centric.
tmtvl 10 December 2019 at 5:02 pm UTC
Wow, Microsoft is being so good to Linux. Almost like they're... hugging us. A tender and loving embrace, I'm sure.
kean 10 December 2019 at 5:04 pm UTC
At first, I thought it is the web version with a built-in browser, however, it is not, thank you MS
The_Aquabat 10 December 2019 at 5:04 pm UTC
not bad MS, good for you... now the Microsoft of this era really is Epic Store.
Sir_Diealot 10 December 2019 at 5:13 pm UTC
This apparently has been in the works for years. People created their own mostly working versions using Chromium or Electron with certain settings. A Mac version has been available for I don't know how long.

Teams is pretty bad though, I have to use it at work and there are frequent issues with login, call quality, etc. and lack of common features like a useful search.

Still good for me that there is some movement, it's pretty much the only thing I depend on for work that is not available for Linux.
rustybroomhandle 10 December 2019 at 5:16 pm UTC
Don't lose sight of the end goal here.

Microsoft is moving towards a "devices and cloud services" model. The ultimate idea being that one can use all of these services on any operating system. If they can get companies to buy into this, then they can compete with Google's Chromebook. Microsoft doesn't care about Windows so much any more, what they care about is being able to push their cloud services, and to be able to tax others who want to run software via their cloud.

The missing element with those, though, has always been AAA gaming, but between Stadia and Microsoft's xCloud they are catering to people who want AAA gaming on their low powered devices.

What this will result it eventually if they get what they want, is that high powered home PCs will be pretty much just used by a few people with specific use cases. This hardware will also likely be way more expensive, since wholesale components for these will be targeted at server farms, not consumers.

To recap the master goals:
- nobody installs software any more, it's all cloud
- most consumers will not use PCs, but closed appliances
- PC gaming in its current form dies

Will any of this happen as planned? Maybe, maybe not. But even Valve is preparing for this possibility.
Swiftpaw 10 December 2019 at 5:23 pm UTC
HAHAHAHA, HAHAHA, HA, oh that was a good laugh.

Actual secure chat solution:
https://tox.chat/
Dunc 10 December 2019 at 5:31 pm UTC
Hmm. We'll see. I've always said it'll take a lot for me to trust Microsoft.
Swiftpaw 10 December 2019 at 5:39 pm UTC
DuncHmm. We'll see. I've always said it'll take a lot for me to trust Microsoft.

You should never ever trust Microsoft, or any other corporation, because they only care about money and power. That's why we use Linux.
wvstolzing 10 December 2019 at 5:42 pm UTC
KimyrielleIn the Steve Ballmer era, I'd have suggested someone to go check the temperature in hell, but these days, I am not even surprised anymore. The new management's strategy is a lot less Windows-centric.

Ballmer? Temperature? Hell? OF COURSE!

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They must've had the heat too high; that's why he was sweating profusely like that.
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