My team has some users on Linux, and one benefit Slack has is a Linux client. Without a Linux client on Microsoft Teams, some orgs may have to turn away in favor of Slack so everyone can participate without keeping a browser open all the time.
Thank you for your feedback that helped us launch the Microsoft Teams Linux client. The client is now available for everyone to use. Please find instructions for installing and more details here: https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoftteams/get-clients#linux. Enjoy!
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That is bad that this issue under review again. Please implement Linux client because we need it.
Seth Tanner commented
Linux client would be very helpful, with Apple's current disdain for power users and dell offering solid supported Linux options we are seeing more developers move to Linux. It would be great if you could start with a client for Debian derivatives and one for RedHat derivatives. This will be especially important once external access and federation is done, as it will open the tent to a much larger user base. https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/16911109-external-access-and-federation
I'd like to echo many of the recent comments. 100% of our developers are on Linux boxes. Collaboration in our world is all or nothing. Meaning we can't have our PM team disconnected from Dev. As such, Slack works great for us now. I fully appreciate the overhead and developing against a different OS, but this is critical for us to move to Teams. I suspect the larger issue for you is licensing. Pretty tough to require an Office 365 license for a Linux user when the only benefit to the license would be the Teams client itself. Clearly, additional consideration into Teams licensing will be involved. Thanks for listening and I really hope this gets put back on the front burner.
Einar Fredriksen commented
Our main request is Notification on Linux. If you guys are able to find a way to notify Linux users that they must check their MS Chat, then we're fine waiting for a full-blown Linux client.
Of course, by Notification I do not mean email :)
Kevin Ruschman commented
MANY developers (other than MS employees obviously) exclusively use Linux. This is an absolute must as the web application does not notify very well or at all as in Chromium.
my team has now switched from slack to teams, and I'm stuck because you guys as always make your software compatible with all platforms except linux. I'll probably be experimenting with open source alternatives until you guys get it right. while you're at it how about outlook or skype for business for linux?
+1 for this. Although given the choice I'll be happy to continue to run this in a browser if it was a choice between that and Lync/Video integration for Linux working.
Please please please bring this back! I don't want my Linux team to feel like second class citizens for everything they do with Microsoft! Also a lot of them have problems with the browser not being recognized properly and not allowing them to log in if it isn't recognized
Does the web app have all the features of the desktop app? Allowing calls, group calls, screen sharing etc? If not, then I think a native linux client is more than just a nice to have.
If you are having issues with dependencies and the variability of distros (wild guess), why not do a containerised version? Microsoft does work with docker these days.
Lukas Lani commented
now, when there is web client/interface out, this is not so critical anymore. Only as nice to have.
Brent Watson commented
Having a Linux version is an absolute must for us, in our industry / company we have more Linux than Windows machines and not having a Linux version is causing me a lot of issues. I am being challenge our head of Dev to consider going back to Slack as the main company comms tool, which I do not want to do, but I need a time line for the Linux version.
I think Teams is a great tool and still very embryonic, when it is more mature it will rock over all others.
Felix Rabe commented
Some people form my company created a simple Electron wrapper around the MS Teams web-version. Big pro: It gives you desktop notifications!
Maciej Michałek commented
You've got to be kidding. No Linux client? What is here to review? Lot's of developers are using Linux, we need client for them, otherwise TEAMS will be useless.
Mario Toffia commented
For us this is the no #1 thing that slack still is in wide use in my company. We got lots of Linux developers and as long as they don't have a native Linux client we're stuck with slack... Hard to argue in that case.
Vyacheslav Lanovets commented
Support for Linux is very important for our company. While majority of employees use only Windows, especially in Sales, many engineering teams are mixed. Linux client and external users support are both very important.
Any update ?
Sam Hall commented
Please don't abandon this. Teams wont be a viable alternative to the other similar products that provide rich Linux clients until you sort something out here. How about just permitting it to work in Chrome and utilise the Notification API?
Matt Jenson commented
A lot of our developers spend all day on a Linux desktop. Not having this makes it hard to do a push to get everyone on Teams especially since everyone can use Slack. For now I'm having to post comments in both Teams and Slack so I can get my info out to everyone. :-(
I am really interested about testing this @Suphatra
Boris Bleacher commented
Doesn't support Linux. Dead product already.