How to install Microsoft Teams on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa [Step by Step Guide]

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams launched in November 2016 as part of the Office 365 productivity suite. It’s an persistent chat-based collaboration platform complete with document sharing, online meetings, and many more extremely useful features for business communications.

Teams offers both one-on-one and group chats.

Both types are persistent, so users don’t need to search conversation histories as they did in Skype for Business.

MS Teams offers Video Conferencing for up to 250 users per session. Due to popular request, Microsoft is actively working on increasing that limit.

One of the most overlooked features in Teams is its ability to offer outbound calling right from the client. It is an excellent way for remote or mobile users to stay connected through one single, reliable connection.

Teams is a robust video conferencing tool, but its calling capabilities don’t end there. Because it allows outbound calling from PCs and mobile devices, Teams is a great way to offer consistent communication and collaboration options to hybrid users who shift from the office, to home, to on the road, and back again on an unpredictable schedule.

Microsoft Teams features make it stand out from other collaboration software:

  • Teams and channels
  • Conversations within channels and teams
  • Chat function
  • Document storage in SharePoint
  • Online video calling and Screen Sharing
  • Online meetings
  • Audio conferencing
  • Full telephony

According to an article by businessofapps.com, Microsoft Teams saw a huge uptick in users during the pandemic, rising from 20 Million users in November 2019 to 44 million in March 2020, then 75 million by April.

According to digital experience management company Aternity, Microsoft Teams usage growth surpassed Zoom from February to June.

Microsoft Teams users (Over Year)

This guide shows How to install Microsoft Teams on Ubuntu 20.04.

So let’s get started.

Step: 1 Download the Microsoft Teams Package

Open the Terminal (Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the following command to download the latest version of Microsoft Teams.

$ wget https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/ms-teams/pool/main/t/teams/teams_1.2.00.32451_amd64.deb

Note:

I am writing this article on 23rd September 2021 and this is the latest version available at this time.

In future, when you will read this article, there may be a latest version of the teams released. You can visit at Official Microsoft Package Repository to Download the latest available version of MS Teams.

Alternatively, you can download the Microsoft Teams graphically. In order to do so open the official site of Microsoft Teams and you will see multiple downloading options.

Select Linux Deb (64-bit) and download the .deb package.

By default, The downloaded file will be saved to your Home directory.

Step 2: Installing Microsoft Teams

Now type the following command to install the Microsoft Teams.

$ sudo dpkg -i teams_1.2.00.32451_amd64.deb

Note: You may be prompted to enter Superuser Password during installation, So enter the correct details.

Now Microsoft Teams has been installed successfully.

How to start Teams

In the Activities search bar type “Teams” and click on the icon to launch the application.

Even you can also start Teams application from the command line by typing teams.

For the first time when Teams app opens you need to Sign In with your Microsoft Account and That’s It.

Note: If you don’t have a Microsoft Account you can create a new one.

Now Microsoft Teams is ready to use.

How to Uninstall Microsoft Teams

In case, If you want to uninstall MS Teams, You can do so by using the following command.

$ sudo apt remove teams

Conclusion

I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install Microsoft Teams on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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