Microsoft Teams is the first Office app for Linux
Microsoft today launched Microsoft Teams for Linux in public preview. No, that’s not a typo — Microsoft Teams is indeed the first Office app that the company has ported to Linux. You can download Microsoft Teams as a native Linux package in .deb and .rpm formats from here.
Teams is the company’s Office 365 chat-based collaboration tool that competes with Google’s Hangouts Chat, Facebook’s Workplace, and Slack. It’s also Microsoft’s fastest-growing business app ever. In March, Microsoft shared that Teams is used by 500,000 organizations, just two years after launch. In November, Microsoft said Teams had passed 20 million daily active users.
There is a lot of nuance in that figure Slack, Microsoft Teams’ main rival, is particularly critical of how Microsoft got to 20 million daily active users (Slack has over 12 million daily active users as of October). Nevertheless, Slack is already available for Linux (although still in beta), so Microsoft is playing catch-up here. If you were thinking about adopting Microsoft Teams or Slack at your company, and Linux was the deal-breaker, the decision just got harder.