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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Hugh Catterall commented
wow. at least sort out the browser support
very disappointing! You could just improve the web version of teams, would have the same effect. How come skype (free) supports everything in linux while teams (paid) seems to lock features away from linux users? How come free tools such as appear.in or hangouts support camera and screen sharing while teams does not even support showing other people's cameras!? We work in big distributed teams we need stable and reliant software to communicate - cross-platform. There were also instabilities on teams on Mac in the pastg few weeks. I will try to move back to skype or hangouts: Saving money by having a working software sounds like quite a plan...
To quote microsoft.
"What does ‘Microsoft ♥ Linux’ mean for me as a customer?”
Apparently it means that I am not allowed to use teams...
You are ******* idiots
Jimmy Sjölund commented
I suppose Microsoft <3 Linux only if you run WSL. Disappointing indeed.
Disappointed! Another Microsoft product that cannot be used by a lot of peoples and companies who really needs it. It seems that peoples voice doesn't matter...
Christian Hujer commented
This is really sad. I wish that Microsoft would revise this decision.
First, let me say what I mean with Linux support. Whether it runs in a native app or in the browser, I don't mind. All I want is that when I use Linux as a developer, as I do, that I am fully enabled to use all Teams features, including audio and video conferencing and screen sharing. Whether that's native or in the browser, I couldn't care less.
As long as Teams does not support Linux, I will tell all my peers and during my talks on conferences when it comes to collaboration topics that people should stay away from Teams. The freedom of choice of operating system is important, there will always be good developers who want to use Linux for good reasons. And in 2018, with so much power in the browser, I do not see any reason why this should not be possible. Competitors like Slack or Google show that it's possible to bring audio conferencing, video conferencing, and screen sharing via the browser in Linux.
Therefore, I hope that Microsoft will revise that decision and bring a full Teams experience to Linux.
P.S.: This forum software is stupid, it disables resizing of textareas.
And this is how you lose the battle.
This item was the only hope to switch from Slack, but now everyone will just say "nope, they don't support Linux". You can tell people a thousand times that the web version is very usable, but that's not how people think.
I cannot imagine that building a Elektron app for Linux is that hard... but now that this thing got declined, that's it for our company with the product. It's a shame since I think it's the better team solution, but if not everyone of our team feels welcome, then it's nothing for us.
+1 company that will move to slack
There wasn't even any consultation for this issue? Microsoft, Mac and PC are NOT the only operating systems out there. Linux, which you have recently put so much effort behind, is not rejected which is a farce. You want people to support your solutions yet, you only ever go "half way" when you provide them. How about this, release products when they are 100% viable for all platforms, not 2/3rds. Slack will gain so much from this because once again, you have rejected a user group to which slack supports all. Absolute madness.
By this decision you've undermined the whole point of uservoice for me. This was top 5 requested feature in here. 2 years is the reason? Well check out the first page of the uservoice, all of those are nearly 2 years old.
Rene Greuel commented
This is more than ridiculous... Audio and Video chat is already working in Chrome on Linux when changing the user agent to:
"Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/64.0.3282.140 Safari/537.36 Edge/17.17134"
So at least allow linux users to use audio and video without hiding behind a Microsoft Edge sign. Simply add linux user-agents to the whitelist of working browser/OS combinations and add a BETA logo to it.
This concession won't devour any of your "narrow" dedicated resources.
Gaétan Collaud commented
My company tried to enforce the use of Microsoft Teams. But since some developers have Linux, we (developers) choose to use Slack instead (the free version). It works great for us. And the rest of the company can continue using teams. But it's bad for communication between teams. I'm very disappointed with this decision.
Jan Izydorczyk commented
In a world where MS has native Linux clients it would have lived very well. But here...
Please reconsider this development.
This user voted item needs to be re-evaluated. Just look at the number of votes and comments. This is a highly requested feature and it needs to be done.
Maciej Michałek commented
Very dissapointing. I understand, why there is no Excel/Word on Linux, but in terms of communication platform one of it main requirements is broad support and access, so no one is discriminated.
This being declined is not a good thing. I guess our developers who use Linux have to create a new rogue communications channel via Slack or Discord
well that is sad. So how are Linux users expected to work with collegues that use microsoft teams? That is a very bad decision.
Why not at least make the video conference available in chromium so that at least webapps would work?
Otherwise appear.in makes a better job than microsoft.
Microsoft just supports Linux where it can make money.
Moving to Mattermost.
This is just a bad and selfish decision.
Hence why most of the OSS community pre-"MS-LOVES-LINUX" are still highly sceptical about what MS is doing with OSS.
Decisions like these highlights the true colors of MS making it seem like all MS OSS 'contributions' are simply just for their own benefit/profit and to save their own skin.
Thanks for giving the finger to Linux again MS, like with Skype when you took over it.
Wish I didn't help switch our company to Teams and stayed with Slack, even though we were already using the Office365 suite.
Now our linux users have to live with a crippled browser experience.