Microsoft Teams download banner / popup needs to be removed
When a user in the Office 365 environment wants to use the web version http://teams.microsoft.com, a popup message is visible at the upper area with a prompt to install the client version:
“Want an even faster, more collaborative experience? Download the desktop app.” By several given security compliance requirements in big IT environments, the users shouldn’t be able to install any additional software at their PCs. This popup is confusing the web-only Teams user and also it makes the software deployment team nervous.
Alex DeLarge commented
Yes, I have also several Teams opened as web apps from Chrome, and it's a pain in (that place down there, you know), being constantly notified about downloading the application, when there is NO option for the time being, to be able use different accounts in the same pc, other than using web apps.
You can try https://teams.microsoft.com/_?skipdownload#
As a low-key developer I have about 2-5 browsers signed in at any time with various accounts to test functionality... and having to frequently skip through this mandatory harass window is a major detriment to productivity and concentration.
At the very least, please get someone from our community such as Dona Sarkar to have a word to the apps team regarding dialing back their aggressiveness a bit.
As other admins have mentioned already: a Teams Admin Center switch to `disable the nag screens` would benefit many business use-cases besides just the obvious "shared device" issue... but at a user-level it would also be nice to allow them to opt-out of all the various app install nags once logged in. Your new, slightly-less-hidden-but-still-questionably-hidden settings menu would be perfect for such an end-user toggle.
P.S. I'm sure Microsoft's Accessibility Team and their lawyers would have many things to say about trying to inhibit an electron/webview2 app from living in a user's chosen browser.
Thanks feedback team, thanks Carsten for creating this request in the first place... and thanks MVP Linus C for directing me here.
I already have the Teams app installed on my Windows machine, and I use it for most Teams functions. But when I try to open a bookmarked Teams page in the browser, I consistently have to click again to bypass "Download the Teams desktop app and stay better connected.".
Badly needed. The QR codes to install Teams, sign in to Outlook mobile etc. makes a joke out of all of the care and attention given by our team to keep our data within our control. Microsoft... Please!!! Respect sysadmins and data security.
We definitely need a solution for this, we have developed an application that launches a web only teams instance using a generic account in order to allow users to manage meetings without exposing their personal identity. And I'm worried users are going to click on this stuff. We had previously snuffed it out using the deep link someone had posted but its back. We need a way to invoke teams on the web that supresses this .
Raj Bachra commented
It's pathetic that I have to see this worthless page ~1 million times a day
Please eliminate this prompt (or defuse it by out-of-band popping up some kind of notification that doesn't require interaction.
I've already got the TEAMS app running in one context, and I so-frequently require a different context that I've dedicated Edge to handle only that and nothing else. There are so many clunks within the TEAMS app and switching between contexts - issues that are not present in the web version, you shouldn't be constantly pushing folks to the app.
Please eliminate this prompt. I'm never going to use Teams and it just makes me hate you for trying to cram it down my throat.
Please...it's a PITA.
Frank Farm commented
Not everyone chooses to use the desktop app. When multiplied by hundreds or thousands of people in an organization, this problem becomes a measurable cost of productivity even when it occurs infrequently. I noticed today that Slack has a similar request to download their desktop app, but after selecting "I'll do it later" it offers the user a choice: "Don't ask again on this device." What a breath of fresh air for a company to respect how a user wants to work! To me, this problem is a failure of the Microsoft Teams product manager to respect users’ wishes. Can we please get a little respect?
In our vocational training center (higher education) trainees do not undertand (again and again ever) the choice they have to make upon the 'teams client download vs web app' prompt page.
Its not only a waste of time but a TREMENDOUS amount of explanations.
Please MS Master and Keepers of the Temple, please relieve us - mere and humble application admins - with this daily pain. ;-)
This directly impacts my workflow and reduces the productivity from this application. Over a company of 5000+ this is a non-trivial amount of non-value added work and directly adds to lost revenue. Please remove this as soon as possible.
In my higher education school, I need to promote web applications instead of local ones. So, I really need a way to skip the download page and send users straight to the web version app. Kind regards
In my University environment I need all students to use their web app and not keep trying to install a client when they want to use Teams. I need something that goes straight to the web app and does not have this download page.
A L commented
Please remove this download notification -- we do NOT want to use the desktop app, and it's confusing for everyone. Thanks.
Microsoft- please realize that some offices are not allowed to download the desktop app. Getting this prompt every single time we click on a shared Teams doc has made many of our staff "hate Teams" and made it almost impossible to convince them to stick with this tool.
Be nice if MS listened for once, if one signs into the web app over the desktop app its most likely becase they want to use the WEB APP
Not everyone needs their hand holding :/
Trying to implement a teams hot desk using kiosk mode this is a pain i could do without
I will add that I also consider this banner annoying, especially since I have already downloaded the desktop app, and use it occasionally. I would very much like to disable this notification entirely.
Adding to the chorus of complaints about this. We run a non-persistent Citrix environment that the Teams full client is not a good fit for and desire to just be able to launch directly into the web client without the big shiny 'download this' button.