How to get Microsoft Teams app on Linux and Ubuntu

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Microsoft Teams is available both on the web and as a desktop application on macOS and Windows 10, but what about the other popular operating system in the world, Linux? Despite Microsoft's new love for her, the company has not chosen to develop a specific Linux version of the Microsoft Teams application.

Slack already has an official Linux application, so how can you join the fun of collaboration and use an independent version of Computers in the open source operating system? In this guide, we will show you how to obtain a fully functional (but unofficial) beta version of the Microsoft Teams application in Ubuntu Linux.

Install via Snap

The Ubuntu flavor of Linux makes it easy to install the Teams Desktop App. To begin, you must install it through Snap. If you are not familiar, Snaps are the applications that are packaged in Linux, very similar to the .exe packages that you get in Windows 10.

We will talk specifically about Ubuntu, more information on how to install in others The flavors of Linux can be find 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 –beta [19659007] You will have 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 has finished, you can go to your application list and search for computers in the list, or start it.

However, it is important to keep in mind that for security reasons, you must manually enable camera support before fully enjoying Teams on Linux. You can do this by going to the Ubuntu Software Store. By clicking Installed and then scroll down to Linux computers. Be sure to click on Linux Computers and then Permissions in the top bar. Move the switch to Use your camera to ON .

  Equipment in Ubuntu

Installation of equipment in Ubuntu

How does it work?

These unofficial Microsoft computers The client for Linux, like the official Teams application for Windows 10, was created with Electron, the platform for creating cross-platform desktop applications. Use a web application to wrap it as a standalone application. The general user interface is exactly similar to the one you get in Windows 10 and macOS.

That means that all the features of the Teams desktop version in Windows 10 are available in Linux. You can share your screen in a meeting, make calls, as well as chat and post on channels. The application even supports notifications in Ubuntu, which appear at the top of the screen below the date and time. It is also really convenient, separating Teams from the rest of the web browser tabs in their own space.

  Teams in Ubuntu

Teams in Ubuntu

Who is making this application?

As mentioned earlier, this The Microsoft Teams application is not official. It is not the work of Microsoft and, instead, it is the work of a developer named Ismael Martínez. The project is open source and is available on GitHub, where you can check the progress and all the latest errors. Binaries are available, as well as instructions to install on other versions of Linux.

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