Microsoft - What is wrong with you!?
Release a .exe file to the public and let the enterprise figure out how to deploy it?
Why is there no Windows installer (*.msi)
Why isn't the Windows app in Microsoft Store?
Why isn't there a click-to-run.exe files like all other Office applications?
Why doesn't it follow channel updates like other Office programs (like Monthly or Broad)?
Remove Microsoft Teams from the public and re-do-it correct. This isn't a playground!
This is the 7 year computer software hype cycle.
Forget anything about Active Directory, Group Policy and any sort of common management for Teams.
Teams is the new future of products not following established standards with long lived never to be fixed bugs.
Expect Teams to live just long enough to get to a critical mass of never to be fixed bugs and then a new 'replacement' product will be announced by Microsoft.
The replacement product will have its share of unfixed bugs, management problems and live just long enough for a new better replacement product to be released.
That way, the vendor never has to fix the issues and can focus all resources on the next product to sell.
Hence, subscription model with no ROI
Also worth noting, the Teams Client is not managed by Group Policy at all. All settings are stored in a JSON file per user, making it difficult to apply Enterprise settings to the Teams Client.
Sure you can apply (some) settings through platform policies, but not all allow settings to propagate or apply to the Teams Client
Aaron Casper commented
The MSI installer that is available still does not address many of the concerns, such as use in a non-persistent VDI type environment.
Would really like to see this app work reliably in our Citrix desktops, as we're following the Microsoft rally of "drop skype, use teams!".
There is a MSI available now.