third-party chat clients (e.g. pidgin)
Other chat programs (Slack, Cisco Webex, Google Hangouts) allow third-party clients, typically over XMPP. Can we have an XMPP port on the Teams server?
I think that open irc or xmpp transport to teams is required. Until now teams does not have this kind of transport (or connector) witch is the biggest disadvantage of teams. If big company like google or facebook can make his services available over public api ,transport I thing that Micro$$$oft can doing the same.
Thomas Borders commented
This would be such a good addition. I'm currently working with 5 different companies, all of whom have their own way of internal chat.
I've been able to condense my emails down to two clients (thunderbird and Lotus Notes), but am stuck with the Teams client being open at all times.
Let's not even get started on the subpar client for the Linux desktop made by MS (crashed my system to the point I had to reinstall).
J G commented
You can use matterbridge (https://github.com/42wim/matterbridge) to connect with XMPP and other protocols.
Bruce H McIntosh commented
I'd be on onboard for this. It's very handy from a screen-real-estate perspective to be able to integrate all my various chat protocols into one app that takes up a bare minimum of space on the screen, like pidgin.
Yeah, I agree with Sean. MS has notorious usability flaws throughout the majority of their software which warrants many to look elsewhere. But given their history of negligence in this area and lack of concern for user preferences it might be more fruitful to just abandon the MS Teams chat and go with another option.
It would be great to chat with customers via their platform.
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would be awesome to have as it really enables cooperation to have open standards for simple things such as chat
this would actually allow companies who are running Linux to get integrated as office 365 is pretty awesome but leaves developers out in the cold. we use pidgin already for other chat and own office 365 licenses but its just a pain if your in hyper v or similar and therefore don't see the windows desktop
it will be greate
This would be incredibly helpful. I like the features on Teams, but finding it hard to encourage its adoption as it is missing this feature.
Sean Ellis commented
Given MS's reluctance to even allow users to choose their own font or color scheme, is it likely that they will allow the development of complete alternative UIs?