Microsoft Teams for Linux Goes Live

As you may remember, Microsoft was about to release its Teams to Linux. The company is actively working on bringing the app to the open source operating system, following the requests on a UserVoice page dedicated to the product. It looks like this has finally happen!

Microsoft Teams

If you are not familiar with Microsoft Teams, it's a collaborative app which is popular among  many people on mixed platforms. It is a competitor for another popular software, Slack. The software exists in form of a web application, and a desktop client is also available.

However, Linux users could only access the web version of Microsoft Teams. There was no desktop client available to them.

Microsoft is now changing this. A new repository,  first spotted by @h0x0d, hosts DEB and RPM packages for the Teams Linux client.

This means that if you are running a recent version of Ubuntu, Mint, and [maybe] Debian (which comes with outdated lib versions, so this needs to be checked), you must be able to install Teams with the dpkg tool. As for RPMs, they are for Redhat and CentOS operating systems, and for compatible distros (e.g. Fedora), so use yum localinstall or rpm -ihv.

As of this writing, the most recent app version is Teams 1.2.00.32451. There is no 32-bit version, it is only available for x64 Linux versions.  The packages are compiled on December 4, 2019.

So, if you are a Linux user who need Microsoft Teams, you can already give it a try!

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