Microsoft Teams for Linux. Is it any good?

mephistopoa

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Microsoft just released the first version of Teams client for linux after so much demand and countless requests by the community. How does it stack up against the Windows version? Is it any good?

 

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Teams for Windows is a monstrosity itself let alone for Linux.
 

mephistopoa

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Teams for Windows is a monstrosity itself let alone for Linux.
It is not a lightweight application by any means, also consider how many different technologies it is pulling together. What would you suggest to use in place?
 

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7 years inactive, and suddenly on here starting multiple threads about a junk MS collaboration product?
 

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I don't see anything disrespectful. I do see a lack of interest in it though.
 

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if you are not interested, you are welcome to ignore the topic move on then and leave it for people that may find it useful. Same as what you would do in real life in a social situation.
 

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if you are not interested, you are welcome to ignore the topic move on then and leave it for people that may find it useful. Same as what you would do in real life in a social situation.
For this unfamiliar, and since someone linked office, what does this program do? I would be willing to give it a shot on my Linux machine for a test, if you wanted.
 

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For this unfamiliar, and since someone linked office, what does this program do? I would be willing to give it a shot on my Linux machine for a test, if you wanted.
It's a web portal for office. I still haven't heard why this is better than opening a browser and going the MS office website.
 

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This could be useful. We use Teams extensively at my work, though what my team uses it for specifically the web interface works fine. Be nice to have an actual working client program.
 

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Popped up on my wife's desktop, which uses a license from her school.

Still don't know WTF it does.
 

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For this unfamiliar, and since someone linked office, what does this program do? I would be willing to give it a shot on my Linux machine for a test, if you wanted.
Popped up on my wife's desktop, which uses a license from her school.

Still don't know WTF it does.
Microsoft killed the basic messenger app (most recently named Skype) that's been mature and stable since about 1997 and replaced it with a bloated clunky mess called Teams. It's a "team collaboration tool" that ties into all your messaging, personal documents, scheduling, email, etc. If your IT department allows it you can make work teams in it to facilitate collaboration. It is supposed to replace internal emails and storage shares with chat and file transfer (sort of). You can use neat animations and stickers in chat now, but don't use too many because you can never delete anything in chat and too many will slow down your system (per our training).

For the sake of the thread I won't list my dislikes, but it is a work in progress and I haven't talked to a single coworker that likes the new software. Our corporate training was a mess. On the bright side now I get weekly emails full of statistics for them to tell me how to do my job better, which for my role is more confusing than helpful. For example, I know that my average email response time is about 15 minutes. According to Microsoft I am being unproductive and my response time should be a minimum of two hours--which is a pretty good idea when a large portion of your role entails expedited logistics so the best thing to do is sit on your thumbs.

It's great! :LOL: I could never think of a valid reason to use it outside of work purposes.
 

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Microsoft killed the basic messenger app (most recently named Skype) that's been mature and stable since about 1997 and replaced it with a bloated clunky mess called Teams. It's a "team collaboration tool" that ties into all your messaging, personal documents, scheduling, email, etc. If your IT department allows it you can make work teams in it to facilitate collaboration. It is supposed to replace internal emails and storage shares with chat and file transfer (sort of). You can use neat animations and stickers in chat now, but don't use too many because you can never delete anything in chat and too many will slow down your system (per our training).

For the sake of the thread I won't list my dislikes, but it is a work in progress and I haven't talked to a single coworker that likes the new software. Our corporate training was a mess. On the bright side now I get weekly emails full of statistics for them to tell me how to do my job better, which for my role is more confusing than helpful. For example, I know that my average email response time is about 15 minutes. According to Microsoft I am being unproductive and my response time should be a minimum of two hours--which is a pretty good idea when a large portion of your role entails expedited logistics so the best thing to do is sit on your thumbs.

It's great! :LOL: I could never think of a valid reason to use it outside of work purposes.
That's not all it does though. I use it daily for work and I actually like it for work and work only. Not sure why a "native" version of Teams is needed though for Linux. The web version works just fine and the "native" is nothing but the web version wrapped with Electron anyways. :p

Teams is basically Slack on steroids. The collaboration is actually very powerful. We tie all of our Project SharePoint sites into Teams so all collaboration happens there. We can access all of the project files through Teams etc, etc. I can see where it's not ideal for some companies or situations but in the right environment it's very powerful which is why we use it.
 

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That's not all it does though. I use it daily for work and I actually like it for work and work only. Not sure why a "native" version of Teams is needed though for Linux. The web version works just fine and the "native" is nothing but the web version wrapped with Electron anyways. :p

Teams is basically Slack on steroids. The collaboration is actually very powerful. We tie all of our Project SharePoint sites into Teams so all collaboration happens there. We can access all of the project files through Teams etc, etc. I can see where it's not ideal for some companies or situations but in the right environment it's very powerful which is why we use it.
I believe the Electron wrapper uses less memory?
 

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the real question is, is Teams itself any good?
Depends. Do you want a dead simple chat and collaboration space with an incredibly easy API available?
Or do you want clunky, difficult to use, really stupid and weird limits, and lacking in simple features, but probably free with your O365 subscription? ;)
 

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I actually really like Google Hangouts...Aaaaand, they're getting rid of it.

My Gawd Google are retarded.
 

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For this unfamiliar, and since someone linked office, what does this program do? I would be willing to give it a shot on my Linux machine for a test, if you wanted.
It's supposed to be like slack or discord. It's UI/UX needs some serious TLC IMO as it is a study in death by whitespace. But that is now. MS has lots of plans for it and most of them that have been stated or hinted at revolve around leveraging the integration layer that will eventually glue together all the major 365 components and then some. It could do cool stuff. We will see if it actually does.
 
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