Slack has an IRC gateway that can be used cross platform for any OS that has IRC. (Windows, Linux, Unix, BSD, etc.) No need for native clients.
XMPP support would largely make Teams and Slack equivalent choices for our environment. I would strongly advocate that Teams implement XMPP support and commit to supporting open protocols in general.
Harald Hauknes commented
I don't think Teams will never be used in my organization if no Linux native client or IRC-gateway exists. If we had any of those the situation would be very different.
At least an XMPP Gateway is definately needed.
Maciej Michałek commented
IRC and XMPP gateway is good idea.
Michael Haertel commented
+1 We use IRC internally and have an e-mail to IRC gateway for notifications, bots that automate changes to systems with simple IRC commands, etc.
S. Paschall commented
This would be a reasonable, temporary plug for the hole the lack of a native Linux client leaves in Teams' offering.
Adminv-brorob (Admin, Microsoft Teams) commented
XMPP: Most of the other team chat systems give you the ability to access your teams through the industry-standard IRC and/or XMPP protocols
Ole Markus With commented
I bet many colleagues would love this. Not only a short-term alternative to a Linux client, but also for those who want the more compact layout.
James Kregar commented
This would be an acceptable alternative to a native Linux client, at least in the short term.
Alexander Olofsson commented
If you aim to be a complete Slack/HipChat/Mattermost/etc alternative, you most definitely want to allow people to access your system without requiring the use of the official client. Especially when you only have an official client for a single operating system.
Most of the other team chat systems give you the ability to access your teams through the industry-standard IRC and/or XMPP protocols, something that's noticeably lacking from Teams.