Microsoft Teams for Linux is Now Available in Preview

Posted on December 10, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft 365, Office 365 with 9 Comments

Microsoft announced today that a preview version of Teams for Linux is now available in in .deb and .rpm formats.

“Microsoft has announced this morning that Teams will be available to Linux users in public preview, demonstrating the company’s effort to support mixed environments across its cloud and productivity offerings,” a Microsoft representative told me. “The Microsoft Teams client is the first Office app that is coming to Linux desktops, and will support all of Team’s core capabilities.”

So why even bring Teams to Linux? My guess is that it’s to support developers who need to communicate and collaborate with other types of workers in mixed environments.

Or as Microsoft puts it, “our customers have devices running on a variety of different platforms such as Windows 10, Linux and others. We are committed to supporting mixed environments across our cloud and productivity offerings … And it’ also an exciting opportunity for developers who have built apps for Teams to be able to grow their reach to this new set of users.”

You can download the native Linux packages in .deb and .rpm formats here.

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9 responses to “Microsoft Teams for Linux is Now Available in Preview”

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    jimchamplin

    Nice. I can’t wait to see how it runs and looks on my Debian box with the throwback CDE desktop. ?

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    jimchamplin

    Update: The link on the Teams download page is broken. Instead of saving the .deb package is broken, it takes the browser to an FTP server, and the files are no where in there.

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    Alex Taylor

    Excellent news. I have a client who's big on Teams (with good reason), and being primarily an Opensuse desktop user it has been slightly wonky up until now.

    There was a pretty decent 3rd party port, but with no video support, so for video meetings it was hooking up a physical device or chaining the webcam through a VM.

    If it works well I for one will be very pleased.


    Edit: Now that I made it to the office, it installed and detected hardware, and contains nothing more interesting than the Windows version. This is the very best kind of boring - where it just does what it says.

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    spacein_vader

    If you want a bit more background on this an interview with Christopher Scott (a MS employee and Linux user,) on why he's championed this move (and a similar move to do the same for OneDrive is in a linux podcast from a couple of months back: https://www.linux4everyone.com/10-the-microsoft-linux-interview


    And it's actually quite an Microsoft neutral pod, none of the "MS is the devil" schtick.

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    anderb

    Fantastic. Now everyone can hate it.

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