Microsoft announces public preview of Microsoft Teams for Linux

Ruben Fields
December 11, 2019

However, the company encourages the Linux community to download and install Microsoft Teams for Linux on their Debian or Red Hat-based distributions and submit feedback based on their experience with the software so they can improve it in future releases. Now, Microsoft Teams joins Slack on the Linux desktop! Earlier this year, too, Microsoft started shipping the full Linux kernel with Windows 10 to make life easier for developers.

Today, Microsoft announced a public preview of Microsoft Teams for Linux, the first Office 365 tool that's available for the open-source operating system.

Microsoft is making its workplace collaboration tool, Teams, available on Linux operating systems.

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

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And also committed to ensuring that Teams can meet nearly any communication requirement: Microsoft's strategy for the product is to bundle chat, video meetings, voice and document collaboration in one app, and encourage users to deploy one tool instead of having silos dedicated to different modes of communication. For starters, Microsoft has had a complicated history with Linux and open source, although in recent years, under Satya Nadella, it has embraced open source.

Jim, Zemlin, Executive Director at The Linux Foundation provides the following statement. Teams is also available on Android, iOS and iPadOS for users to access their messages and files on the go, as well. Keep in mind, however, the program is only a public preview, so there may be bugs.

Team is the first Microsoft Office app available on Linux and the move is indicative of Microsoft's willingness to collaborate with competitors and become a more open platform.

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