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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.

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    Angela Sze shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    on the backlog  ·  Suphatra responded  · 

    Hey guys, thanks for the feedback – we hear you loud and clear. After talking this over with the Engineering team, I confirmed this will remain on the backlog and we are actively considering how to accelerate.

    Tweet me if you have any questions! @skprufo



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      • Julian Alarcon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Guess whaaaaat!! Free software did it!

        It's possible NOW to share the screen using a native Linux client!

        Some minor bugs but it's working! Now everything is working natively on Linux!

        I guess I will create a new feature suggestion to allow multiple accounts and keep smashing MS devs, hahaha. But seriously, please MS you are able to allow a more clean approach.

        Check the code and compile it. We are polishing some stuff before deployment

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Mine too. I can't tell users not to install Slack if I don't offer an alternative. This means that I also need the plugins for Jira, Jenkins and whatnot to work.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        While there are some 3rd party clients for linux, making use of NodeJS and Electron as a wrapper for the WebClient a native client would still be superb.

        Calls, Teams, Wikis and chat work. However, Desktop Sharing doesn't and this is an essential feature for a lot of people.

        Microsoft owns Github and thus electron. Microsoft uses Electron already for VS Code. So I can't imagine it to be hard for Microsoft to rewrite MS Teams in electron to have the same app run on all platforms that support electron.

        You guys could go open source with Teams even and have the community assist in the development of Teams. Just a thought.

      • Kris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Go talk to the Visual Studio Code team! That app rocks Windows, Mac, and Linux.

        Hurry up!

      • Guillermo Mateo Jr. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This appears to be a critical requirement for current and potential Microsoft customers... Could we please receive an update about this? Is it feasible to expect functionality on Linux? Particularly, screen sharing is a much needed development. Please update the status of this request, as Suphatra's last update dates back to October of 2018. Now that Suphatra has moved on, will Alex take over this item? Thanks in advance.

      • Tom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I contacted Suphatra via twitter, but she doesn't work for MS anymore.
        So if any other admin could update people would be great.

      • Connor Oud commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In the mean time, I'll use Nativefier to get the web app running on my Linux-based netbook.

      • Markus Larsson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Still no linux client?
        The web client is so subpar that I can't tell any of my employees to use it with a straight face.
        Teams is probably great if you're a windows only company.

        Time to find new tooling.

      • Bartosz Radaczyński commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Seems that most of the functionality works in chrome (72) on linux (ubuntu 16.04) already, although only in meetings scheduled from teams. So you cannot initiate a one:one call from the browser (the webapps says I should switch to Chrome, LOL. I guess hte only allowed chrome is chrome on windows).

        The extension: enables screensharing (with screen/window selection).

        You don't need to spoof the useragent string for teams to work anymore.

      • Zoro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "Working on it" - how many business years do you need to get this?

      • Hubert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Could anyone update the status? It's on the backlog for several months. We're waiting for this feature to switch to MS Teams.

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