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Microsoft Teams On Linux, What’s the Story?

Published 17/02/2018 - 6 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: 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.

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 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, regular on The UC Architects Podcast, and speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.


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.

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