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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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belisama 10 December 2019 at 5:53 pm UTC
This would've been a lot more exciting before Office 365 killed my last wistful longing for Excel on Linux. Browser-based SaaS holds no allure.
BielFPs 10 December 2019 at 5:53 pm UTC
tmtvlA tender and loving embrace, I'm sure.

eldaking 10 December 2019 at 6:00 pm UTC
QuoteThe Microsoft Teams client is the first Office app that is coming to Linux desktops, and will support all of Teams’ core capabilities.

This is the part that interested me. I didn't even know about this "Teams" software. But Microsoft Office is still a big limiting factor for Linux. Word, Power Point and Excel on Linux would be huge.

Of course, what I really want is for Office to stop shitting all over standards and making their files incompatible with every other software.
LibertyPaulM 10 December 2019 at 6:02 pm UTC
Don't underestimate how big a deal this is for enterprise, a very important market as far as the desktop is concerned. Between this and Citrix I am almost at a point where I could use my linux PC for work given how many of our tools are online.
Shmerl 10 December 2019 at 6:21 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.

Looks like Phil Spencer is still stuck in Ballmer's times though. He is your regular old nasty MS type, who sees lock-in as a glorified goal. Likely because of him, MS didn't support Vulkan initiative.

Last edited by Shmerl on 10 December 2019 at 6:23 pm UTC
Vortex_Acherontic 10 December 2019 at 6:22 pm UTC
I cant get rid of the feeling that M$ is up to something very bad. Like "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" things.

This would not be the first time M$ did some moves towards open source or any widely used application and then at a certain point make a 180° turn and piss everybody off.

I always remember the times where the battle between OpenGL and Direct3D was fought.
And M$ being the ones who sat int both camps just to see what the other side dose to implement it in their proprietary API as first and make people use their sh*t to later on control them. Force them do get new version of their stuff and such.

Also look at Skype, as they bought it. Before this Skype on Linux was equal in its functionality as the client of MacOS and Windows. But than update by update they only extended the Windows client. Only after a few years they started again to release the Skype for Linux Beta client, and later on the "real" Skype for Linux client which is nothing more than their web based Skype baked into an application. Which still is missing certain features. (I don't know if things improved I stopped using Skype a long time ago).

Also look at Minecraft, yeah the Java client is still the same on all platforms but they created Minecraft Bad Rock and I am not aware of it running on Linux without workarounds like Wine or Proton.

Also their whole Gaming things is XBox and Windows centered.

Dot.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"). Which also makes me think of the quoted statement by M$. That Teams for Linux has all the "core" features. Sounds like another Skype for Linux thing to me.

Also I find it kinda funny that M$ is porting things to Linux no one seems to care about. Edge? C'mon I assume everybody who's using Linux has their reasons and will probably not use any M$ Software unless it is necessary for some reasons. Even on Windows it is used to download Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Brave and such to replace Edge. Furthermore since Edge will be (or already is) based on Chrome and Webkit it is in my eyes nothing more than a reskinned Chrome with M$ Spyware on board. Who the heck will use it? I'd really want to know? I probably not. Never ever in my life.

And what's about Windows Defender ATP coming to Linux? Who the f*ck cares about it on Linux at all? For me it looks like they just doing this to make some uneducated people installing it on their Linux box to see what applications they running and what they are doing on their system.

Also I still worry about the future of GitHub since they've bought it. Until now nothing seems to happen, they just owning it. But do you remember the price payed to acquire it? 7.5 BILLION USD WTF? A company like M$ will never buy something at that price for just keep it as it is. I bed they up to some Azure Development integration and you'll need to have an MSN Development account to use all the coming "advanced" features until you need to have one to use it at all. Also it is good to know what the world is about to develop to simply do things on their own. I mean who can prohibit them from just looking into the source of an application by company xyz? Isn't this nothing more than industrial espionage?

I really really love to change my mind about M$ but atm. I will not thrust them at all and get on the "Maybe they've finally turn to something good"-Train. I do have really strong doubts M$ is up to something good except for them.
WorMzy 10 December 2019 at 6:37 pm UTC
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Meh, uses gtk3. I'll keep running teams at work on a Windows client.
Botonoski 10 December 2019 at 6:38 pm UTC
I have friends who ask me for tech help from time to time and one very common thing I've been requested to do is assist in the removal of Microsoft Teams from their PC. It comes with the MS Office Install that the local college provides, it seems to be a bit bloated and tends to slow down older laptops a tad, and for some reason is made to be more annoying to uninstall than the typical program.

It never really occurred to me that Microsoft Teams was anything besides bloatware.

Last edited by Botonoski on 10 December 2019 at 6:39 pm UTC
nIQnutn 10 December 2019 at 6:40 pm UTC
I hope we can open issues on github now
It's not a bad thing but I prefer FOSS.
velemas 10 December 2019 at 6:42 pm UTC
So i drive a right car, hehe) which makes Microsoft come to Linux.
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