Consider it or not, some desktop Linux customers must run Microsoft Groups for work. Whereas I’m positive Microsoft would like these customers change to Home windows 11, that is not all the time attainable. And so, the corporate is throwing Linux customers a bone.
Right this moment, the Microsoft Groups progressive net app formally involves Linux. This PWA is along with the traditional model of the app — it does not substitute it (but). Earlier than you get too excited, nonetheless, there’s a fairly massive caveat — you have to be utilizing both Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge net browsers. Firefox customers are apparently out of luck.
“Linux prospects who depend on Microsoft Groups for collaboration and communication wants advised us they need the complete richness of Groups options accessible for his or her customers in a safe approach. This may now be achieved utilizing the Groups PWA. Moreover, the PWA permits us to ship the newest Microsoft Groups options quicker to our Linux prospects and helps us bridge the gaps between the Groups desktop consumer on Linux and Home windows,” explains Anupam Pattnaik, Product Advertising, Microsoft.
Pattnaik additional says, “The PWA provides entry to extra capabilities, together with customized backgrounds, gallery view, reactions, the raise-a-hand function in conferences, in addition to massive gallery and Collectively mode views. The PWA additionally gives desktop-like app options, equivalent to system notifications for chat and channel, a dock icon with respective controls, software auto-start, and easy accessibility to system app permissions.”
Whereas the PWA model presently exists alongside the traditional Linux desktop consumer, it appears Microsoft is intent on pushing the PWA variant. So in case you are enthusiastic about attempting what is probably going the way forward for Microsoft Groups on Linux, merely go to https://groups.microsoft.com utilizing Chrome or Edge. You possibly can then set up the PWA from the handle bar.