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Starting today, Microsoft is making teams available to Linux users in a public preview, enabling the open source community to collaborate at work and in educational institutions. Users can download native Linux packages in .deb and .rpm formats here. We are constantly improving based on community feedback. So please download the packages and send us feedback based on your experience.
The Microsoft Teams client is the first Microsoft 365 application to come to Linux desktops and will support all of the team’s core functionality. Teams is the hub of teamwork, bringing together chat, video conferencing, calling, and collaboration on Office 365 documents and business processes into a single integrated experience.
Microsoft Teams is the communication platform that provides Windows users with chat, video conferencing, file storage and other features. It enables teams and users to communicate and collaborate and is integrated with Office 365.
Installing Teams on Linux via Snap
The Ubuntu variant of Linux allows easy installation of the Teams Desktop application. To start, you need to install it using Snap. If you’re not familiar, Snaps are the applications that are packaged under Linux, very similar to the .exe packages you get under Windows 10.
We’ll talk specifically about Ubuntu, for more information on installing on other variants of Linux, click here. First open a terminal and execute the following commands, one by one and in the exact order.
- sudo apt update
- sudo apt install snapd
- sudo snap install teams-for-linux
You need to enter your system password and then press Enter, but the terminal will do all the work for you. You will see a progress bar, and once the installer is ready, you can go to your application list and search for teams in the list or start them.
It is important to note, however, that for security reasons, you will have to manually enable camera support before you can take full advantage of the teams under Linux. You can do this by visiting the Ubuntu Software Store. Click Installed, and then scroll down to Teams for Linux. Make sure you click Teams for Linux, and then click Permissions in the top bar. Set the switch for using the camera to ON.
To install Microsoft Teams on Ubuntu
To start testing the Microsoft Teams application on Ubuntu or another variant of Linux, follow these steps:
Open the Microsoft Teams Web site.
- In the “Desktop” section, click on the button to download the Linux DEB. (If you have a distribution such as Red Hat that requires a different installation program, use the Linux RPM download button).
- Double-click the *.deb file to start the installation program.
- Click the install button.
Once you have completed the steps, Microsoft Teams will be installed and will be available from the Applications menu.
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