Microsoft Teams comes to Linux and is the first Office 365 component to land

MSTeam Linux

After many years of an endless war that Microsoft had against Linux things have changed and for several months now Microsoft changed the situation and began to do things well. With it started releasing products from Microsoft to move to open source, Microsoft also began to contribute to the Linux kernel among many other things.

Although one of the most requested orders For many Linux lovers is the arrival of their Office suite "Office", Which up to now he has only been left in hopes that one day comes. Since Office is not exclusive for Windows, it has its version for Mac OS, as well as for mobile platforms.

We also cannot forget the online version of the suite and even though it has many options as such it has not reached Linux natively. Even though it seems that this could change, as Microsoft recently announced recently that it has prepared a version for Linux of the Microsoft Teams platform.

Microsoft wants to compete with Sack and announces Microsoft Teams for Linux

This is a new platform created by Microsoft that supports teamwork in companies; this type of software, which makes available chat rooms, news sources and groups for the year of the companies. You can also make videos on Twitch, share files and access Notepad, IPages, Powerpoint and OneNote.

With this news Microsoft Teams would become the first component of the Office 365 suite adapted for Linux-based desktops.

Measure aims to drive team adoption among software developers, who often prefer to work on Linux. The lack of support for the open source operating system has made it difficult for Microsoft to compete with Slack, which has supported Linux for years.

The new Microsoft Teams client for Linux could convince more organizations to join Teams.

Linux version is in the preliminary testing stage and it does not provide full parity in functionality with the Windows version.

For example, when working on Linux, functions related to office applications and screen sharing during communication are not yet supported.

The migration was carried out to simplify the interaction of personnel in companies, some of which use Linux on the desktop and previously had to use unofficial Skype for Business clients to interact with the rest of the infrastructure.

After Microsoft Teams replaced Skype for Business, the company decided to release the official Linux port of the new product.

Finally, Microsoft comments that it is working on the Linux port to support all the core capabilities of the application.

Download and install Microsoft Teams for Linux

For those who are interested in installing the application on their Linux distribution, they should know that The official builds of Microsoft Teams for Linux are available for testing in deb and rpm formats. Although within the Arch Linux AUR repositories you can also find the package which takes the packages that Microsoft provides.

To download the packages you can do it from the following link.

Once the package has been downloaded, you can install with your preferred package manager or from a terminal by typing one of the following commands according to the package you have.

Deb package installation

sudo dpkg -i teams*.deb

Rpm package installation

sudo rpm -i teams*.rpm

Finally, for those who are Arch Linux users, some of its derivatives (Manjaro, Arco Linux, etc.) can install from the AUR repositories. For this, they must have the repository enabled in their pacman.conf file and have an AUR wizard installed. If you don't have it, I recommend one In the following link.

Now in a terminal you simply have to type the following command:

yay -S teams

P.S. Among the most common errors of this previous version, are errors with the audio which is solved using headphones or checking the pulseaudio configuration.

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