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Microsoft Teams On Linux, What’s the Story?

Published 17/02/2018 - 8 Comments

Right now Microsoft Teams in not supported in Linux, even in a web browser. It will load in a web browser and appears functional, but without audio/video support.

This is on Ubuntu in Firefox:

Microsoft Teams on Linux

There is a request for a native Linux client on user voice with over 2,500 votes: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public-preview/suggestions/16911565-linux-client. As of the 30th January 2018 it was “on the backlog”.

The windows client is actually Electron, Tom Morgan explains the client architecture well here. There was hope from a lot of people that as the web experience on Windows and Mac full featured, the same would be possible on Linux at a minimum, or that there may be a native Linux client.

There are some unsupported community projects that have attempted to create a native Electron client. Note I have not tried any of these, and they are not supported by Microsoft in any way.

https://github.com/ivelkov/teams-for-linux

https://github.com/sportradar/ms-teams-linux

https://github.com/NightsPaladin/msteams-linux

Architecturally this is less effort than creating a Skype for Business client, so hopefully at some point this makes it to the top of the priority list.

Are you interested in a Linux client? I’d like to hear your thoughts

Tom

Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at tomtalks.show and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

8 comments

Travis Collins - 19/02/2018 Reply

I would love to see a native Linux client. The electron apps do nothing for me since they only wrap the web interface with no added support for video, although I appreciate that they exist. How are the Windows/Mac apps supporting video if they are also electron apps?

I did notice last week that audio support is now available in the web client. Still no video, but I was able to join a meeting and participate. If the official Windows/Mac app is electron-based, why is there no Linux client yet? Aren’t they already 95% of the way there?

    Tom Arbuthnot - 19/02/2018 Reply

    Thanks, Travis

    Did you join audio in a web from Linux? which browser?

    A/V works in Windows/Mac in Electron. I’m not sure of the technicalities of how.

    Graham Walsh - 08/03/2018 Reply

    Correct they are nearly there with the Electron platform. All they have to do is compile the Linux version. Voice, video and content is done on other clients that are similar.

Adrien - 07/03/2018 Reply

asked that to microsoft few months ago. How in 2018 you publish a company app without cross platform working… look like a micorsoft 2000 app.

In the worst case we don’t need a fat client, but add voice/video to the browser…. :( So yes my compagny follow that evolution of a client or browser work).

Steven Collier - 09/03/2018 Reply

Meeting join via browser is available in Chrome (Audio) and Edge (AV), so your best bet would be to use Chrome on Linux. Teams is always just a web app wrapped in something, on Windows that’s currently Chrome wrapped in electron.

    Tom Arbuthnot - 12/03/2018 Reply

    Thanks, Steven, I’ve heard from others this works too. I will try to test it and update

Lorenzo - 01/05/2018 Reply

Lack of Linux support for teams (which really means testing in a Linux browser) , is quite surprising when you think that many developer teams using other platforms like Asana or Slack use Linux. For example while basic functionality works in Chrome, the web app lacks desktop notifications which is really bad as you risk missing your colleague or boss messaging you or posting a resource. In my case I came up with a tapermonkey script hack, but really Microsoft can’t keep up with current trends and still bee always about 5-7 years in delay? If I were in a buying position that would sound an alarm bell…

lprikockis - 08/06/2018 Reply

“Steven Collier – 09/03/2018 Reply
Meeting join via browser is available in Chrome (Audio) and Edge (AV), so your best bet would be to use Chrome on Linux. ”

Are you saying you’re able to join a Teams meeting with Audio on Linux? If so, I’m doing something wrong because I just get a popup that that feature isn’t supported yet (with an invitation to download the .EXE client… sigh…)

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