Microsoft Teams for Linux Officially Released, Available to Download Now

Yolanda Curtis
December 11, 2019

The company has not said whether other Office 365 apps will follow. Depending on who you believe, Teams actually has more users than Slack - a very impressive feat.

It is important to note that Microsoft Teams is the first Office app that is coming to Linux desktops.

You can download Microsoft Teams for Linux packages here.

In brief: Microsoft Teams is easily one of the most popular communication and collaboration tools out there, and with how many platforms it's available on - including iOS, Android, macOS, and, of course, Windows - it's not hard to see why that's the case. Today, Microsoft expanded Teams' availability to Linux users as well. Microsoft Teams for Linux preview is available in.deb and.rpm formats. We are constantly improving based on community feedback, so please download and submit feedback based on your experience. Earlier this year, a Microsoft engineer said that usage of Linux surpassed Windows on its own Microsoft Azure cloud platform. "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".

According to Microsoft, this is a public preview of Microsoft Teams for Linux, which means that some features may not be available or work correctly. 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.

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. You can choose from two installer types -.deb which is typically for Ubuntu, and.rpm which is designed for Fedora.

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