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.
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.
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Don't forget an IRC gateway like Slack has. Not Linux specific, but generally related.
Trying to migrate from Slack to Teams, this is a real problem for our 45% Linux users in our team.
Please, think about making a native Linux (Ubuntu distrib) client and communicate about it if you planned to do so.
Thanks a lot!
I use Microsoft Teams under Ubuntu by means of a webapp container. Here's my .desktop file: https://gist.github.com/vkareh/94b8a3f335728996a0c490184d2ac8af
All you need is a pretty icon (view source of MS Teams and download the favicon) and pin it to the Launcher
this will be a great idea. You can start with only text IM's , no need in the first release for video/audio
Add MS Office client for linux while you're at it
Omar Armas commented
Show us your Linux love!!
Please include the linux client!
Dmitri Artamonov commented
+1 for native Linux client.
T.v. Vignesh commented
+1 for a Linux Client (or at least web based one). There is no way to access microsoft teams like how we access office365
The first step would be to at least get Linux browsers to work without needing to spoof anything
If this is done, then I can get rid of wine & most of all any thought of getting Apple's overpriced / underwhelming notebooks!
Also, I can ditch Libre!
Jochem Fuchs commented
"If there was a linux client, none of our development staff would have a leg to stand on on why we should not use this product over Slack."
That, I think is far from the truth. Slack is still the superior product by far. Just the fact that it supports multiple tools for every functionality Teams offers. And easy extensibility.
Microsoft is showing that it is serious about competing with Slack, and I think Teams is making a good start, but the failure to support Linux from the start ( especially considering they've been working on a new Skype client for Linux for months, so they have a place to start ) is unacceptable.
But there are far more caveats in Teams which I hope they'll solve soon. ( Code snippets ).
Unless they don't care about supporting the developer communities. In which case devs should and will stay on tools like Slack.
Sebastian Klatt commented
should be technically more than feasible:
Elric Hindy commented
A big requirement for our team, the web app works well for the moment but is missing the key feature of voice and video chat that are marked as 'coming soon'. However local clients always win out.
@Arden yes, but you need to spoof the User-Agent as all versions of Chromium on Ubuntu are "unsupported" by Teams
This is pretty annoying, and requires an additional extension for Chromium to spoof the User-Agent. Firefox 49 on Ubuntu works without spoofing.
Regardless of the above, +1 for a native Linux client.
Gurunath Sane commented
https://teams.microsoft.com/_#/unsupportedBrowser this url shows download for linux but it seems it is link for windows app only :/
I think they get it. Note that the requestor is a Microsoft employee.
I do agree, though, that when the W3C Notifications API is complete, apps can use that to provide a consistent notification experience on Linux.
As mentioned, I hope the Linux client is not teased and then not available, though. If it is only teased, please remove the link so you're not infuriating people.
Muditha Jayath Chathuranga commented
Absolutely, yes! We need that!
Tobias Loewenhofer commented
Please give us that Client - there is a huge base of Devs worldwide which are still using Slack and that would be an Killerargument to switch!
I agree ! It would me very useful to have it on Linux