Microsoft Teams is Coming to Linux

The Microsoft Teams client is coming to Linux! This is great news and will allow Microsoft to have the widest operating system coverage on desktop and mobile. As most people who follow Microsoft closely are likely aware, Windows is no longer one of the top performing products in Microsoft’s portfolio and Microsoft’s focus has shifted to services such as Azure and Office 365. This shows in revenue as well as behavior – we’re seeing Linux releases for a variety of software, from SQL Server to VSCode and soon… Teams.

Teams has been usable on Linux for some time now through the browser, but there are limitations. A fully featured Teams client will be welcome to provide full media features. While the Teams client is available on Microsoft’s official repository as a deb package, don’t get too excited – you have to be invited to use the Linux client :-(

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While I still use Windows 10 as a daily driver, primarily due to gaming and .NET Framework development, Linux has been attractive as a desktop option for quite some time now. Client applications like this enable people to choose their operating system of choice.

I’ll be looking forward to the day Chromium Edge and Office come to Linux!

Trevor Seward is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP who specializes in SharePoint Server administration, hybrid scenarios, and SharePoint Online. He has been working with SharePoint for 16 years from SharePoint 2003 on up, managing environments with terabytes of content for 150,000+ user organizations. Trevor is an author of Deploying SharePoint 2016 and Deploying SharePoint 2019. You can find him on Twitter and in /r/sharepoint.