The hope is that by making it out there for preview, the corporate can get suggestions from the neighborhood and enhance it earlier than it turns into usually out there. “Beginning right now, Microsoft Groups is accessible for Linux customers in public preview, enabling top quality collaboration experiences for the open supply neighborhood at work and in academic establishments,” the corporate wrote within the weblog put up asserting the discharge.
The objective right here in the end is to assist get Groups into the palms of extra prospects by increasing the platforms it runs on. “Most of our prospects have gadgets working on quite a lot of completely different platforms resembling Home windows 10, Linux and others. We’re dedicated to supporting combined environments throughout our cloud and productiveness choices, and with this announcement, we’re happy to increase the Groups expertise to Linux customers,” the corporate wrote within the weblog put up.
This announcement is critical for a few causes. For starters, Microsoft has had an advanced historical past with Linux and open supply, though in recent times, beneath Satya Nadella, it has embraced open supply. This reveals that Microsoft is prepared to place its instruments wherever prospects want them, whatever the platform or working system.
Secondly, because it marks the primary Workplace 365 app on Linux, if there may be constructive suggestions, it may open the door for extra apps on the platform down the highway.
The announcement additionally comes towards the backdrop of the corporate’s ongoing battles with Slack for enterprise collaboration platform customers. In July, Microsoft introduced 13 million every day lively customers on Groups. In the meantime, Slack has 12 million DAUs. It’s price noting that Slack has been out there on Linux for nearly two years.