Microsoft Teams is officially coming to Linux

Last month, Twitter user Hayden spotted a thread on the Microsoft Teams UserVoice page that said that the product might be coming to Linux. At the time, it only said things like, "Stay tuned for more information soon." Soon appears to be now, as the UserVoice page now confirms that Teams is indeed coming to the open source OS.

Alex of Teams Engineering on the Teams team, said on the forum, "We know many of you are waiting for a Teams client for Linux, and we’re pleased to confirm we’re actively working on it. Stay tuned for more information." As you can see, there's still no release date, or any other details, but the version of the service is now confirmed.

One of the key reasons that Microsoft will want to be on Linux is that its chief competitor, Slack, has had a Linux client for some time. In fact, requests for Teams on the open source OS date back to 2016, with people saying that they can't switch their company away from Slack until a Linux client for Teams exists.

Being that Teams is very much tied into Office 365, it's unclear if other Office products might be coming to Linux as well. After all, things like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and OneNote are all unavailable on the platform.

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