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Linux client

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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      • Sean Ellis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Charles Roddie

        Teams is a collaboration product. As the size of a team grows, especially in a technical environment, the chances of needing to include Linux users approaches 100%. If you need to communicate with them, and Teams doesn't support that, then you end up having to have a second system which supports them too. And you're then maintaining two systems, one which meets the needs of all your users, and one which doesn't, then you might as well ditch the one which doesn't. Even though the raw percentages of Linux users are indeed small, it's still in Microsoft's best interests to support them.

        Also, one of the reasons for developing the Teams client using the Electron framework is precisely for cross-platform portability. The real question is why are they *not* supporting it, when literally the first words on the Electron framework's website are "Build cross platform desktop apps".

      • Charles Roddie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ridiculous request. Obviously not justified by market share of this operating system. Office doesn't have a Linux version. Why would teams.

      • Maria H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes please - mixed teams, on Windows, Mac and Linux - but we want to use Teams.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        so MS is Linux friendly if u run Linux on Windows, but when comes to run Windows stuff on Linux, na na na... come on, stop with this and do it already! Teams for Linux!

      • Artem Bliednov commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Easy task to bring thousands of users into MS Teams! What are you waiting for? Even Cisco WebEx supports screen sharing in Linux now! :)

      • ppannek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't understand the direction of Microsoft. For example Visual Studio Code is available for Linux and used likely ... was it that kind of surprise to offer MS Teams as client solution also for Linux? MS Teams target is to connect people as easy and comfortable on each usual platform. Come on Microsoft, try to find ways and not weak reasons. May I ask by the way the priority of this issue in your backlog?

      • Christian Hujer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm glad to hear that this is being reconsidered. Whether it's a native client or in the browser, I personally don't mind. The feature that's missing in the browser is screen sharing. Screen sharing in the browser is technically possible, as Google Hangouts and Slack demonstrate. Meanwhile, it would be great relief for Linux users if Microsoft Teams wouldn't lock out Linux users in the browser. As this article http://nelkinda.com/blog/microsoft-teams-on-linux/ describes based on information shared by Rene Greuel on this forum, you can run Microsoft Teams on Linux in the browser, including audio and video calls. You just can't share your screen.

      • Ramkumar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @skprufo How about a timeline on this? Otherwise, your updates are frankly pointless. We don't want to wait another 2 years for it to be pulled and added back to the backlog.

      • Alex commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        YEah nah. Microsoft is too busy with loving Linux, so they even forgot to give some love to Linux users...

      • Dave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Am I late to the party?..
        Not as late as MS development team it seems..
        It's time for someone to really shake up development at MS its just looks like total bedlam.

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