How to Install Microsoft Teams on elementary OS 6

Microsoft Teams is a proprietary business communication platform developed by Microsoft and is a collaboration application built for chat, calling, collaboration, and meetings all in one place to make it easier for teams to stay organized and connected easier than using several other communication platforms separately.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to import the official repository and install elementary OS 6.

Update elementary OS System

Update your elementary OS system to make sure all existing packages are up to date:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Dependecies

To complete the installation, you will need to install the following software packages by using the following command in your terminal.

sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https curl wget ca-certificates -y

If you are unsure, run the command; it will not harm you.

These are the most common software packages found on nearly all Linux distributions.

Create & Import Repository

Import GPG Key

The first task is to import the GPG KEY sing the curl command.

curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | sudo apt-key add -

Import Repository

Now, import the official Microsoft Teams repository using the following command.

echo deb https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/ms-teams stable main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/teams.list

Lastly, update your APT cache.

sudo apt update

Install Microsoft Teams

The next part of the installation of Microsoft Teams is to proceed with the actual install using the following command.

sudo apt install teams

Alternative Option – Install Microsoft Teams Insiders

sudo apt install teams-insiders

Optionally, you can verify the installation by checking the APT-CACHE Policy as follows.

apt-cache policy teams

Example output:

Install Microsoft Teams on elementary OS 6

Launch Microsoft Teams

Now that you have the Microsoft Teams installed, launching can be done in a few options.

In your terminal type:

teams

If you would like to launch Teams and use the terminal, send it to the background:

teams &

However, this isn’t practical for most desktop users, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open with the path: Applications > Search > Microsoft Teams.

Example:

Install Microsoft Teams on elementary OS 6

Once launched, you will get to the get started screen. From here, you can log on and use Microsoft Teams.

Example:

Install Microsoft Teams on elementary OS 6

Update Microsoft Teams

Run the standard update commands for future updates for Teams and any default APT packages.

sudo apt update

When updates are available, run the standard upgrade command as you would with any other APT available updates.

sudo apt upgrade

Remove (Uninstall) Microsoft Teams

Use the following command to remove the application for users who no longer require Microsoft teams.

sudo apt remove teams -y

Next, remove the repository if you no longer want to have it present on your system for future installs.

sudo rm -r /etc/apt/sources.list.d/teams.list

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to import the official Teams repository and install the latest version of the software. Overall, Microsoft Teams is a feature in many workplaces.

Besides being used for teams, it has excellent collaboration features messaging that can cut down on most other dependencies on the workplace such as emails and keep it centralized.



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