Get clients for Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams has clients available for desktop (Windows and Mac), web, and mobile (Android, iOS, and Windows Phone). These clients all require an active internet connection and do not support an offline mode.
The Microsoft Teams desktop client is a standalone application and currently not part of Office 365 ProPlus. Teams is available for both Windows (7+), both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and macOS (10.10+). On Windows, Teams requires .NET Framework 4.5 or later; the Teams installer will offer to install it for you if you don't have it.
The desktop clients provide real-time communications support (audio, video, and content sharing) for team meetings, group calling, and private one-on-one calls.
Desktop clients can be downloaded and installed by end users directly from https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads if they have the appropriate local permissions (admin rights are not required to install the Teams client on a PC but are required on a Mac).
IT admins can choose their preferred method to distribute the installation files to computers in their organization, such as System Center Configuration Manager (Windows) or Jamf Pro (macOS). To get the MSI package for Windows distribution, see Install Microsoft Teams using MSI.
Distribution of the client via these mechanisms is only for the initial installation of Microsoft Team clients and not for future updates.
The Microsoft Teams installation for Windows provides downloadable installers in 32-bit and 64-bit architecture.
The architecture (32-bit vs. 64-bit) of Microsoft Teams is agnostic to the architecture of Windows and Office that is installed.
The Windows client is deployed to the AppData folder located in the user’s profile. Deploying to the user’s local profile allows the client to be installed without requiring elevated rights. The Windows client leverages the following locations:
When users initiate a call using the Microsoft Teams client for the first time, they might notice a warning with the Windows firewall settings that asks for users to allow communication. Users might be instructed to ignore this message because the call will work, even when the warning is dismissed.
Windows Firewall configuration will be altered even when the prompt is dismissed by selecting “Cancel”. Two inbound rules for teams.exe will be created with Block action for both TCP and UDP protocols.
Mac users can install Teams by using a PKG installation file for macOS computers. Administrative access is required to install the Mac client. The macOS client is installed to the /Applications folder.
Install Teams by using the PKG file
- From the Teams download page, under Mac, click Download.
- Double click the PKG file.
- Follow the installation wizard to complete the installation.
- Teams will be installed to /Applications folder. It is a machine-wide installation.
During the installation, the PKG will prompt for admin credentials. The user needs to enter the admin credentials, regardless of whether or not the user is an admin.
If a user currently has a DMG installation of Teams and wants to replace it with the PKG installation, the user should:
- Exit the Teams app.
- Uninstall the Teams app.
- Install the PKG file.
IT admins can use managed deployment of Teams to distribute the installation files to all Macs in their organization, such as Jamf Pro.
If you experience issues installing the PKG, let us know. In the Feedback section at the end of this article, click Product feedback.
The web client (https://teams.microsoft.com) is a full, functional client that can be used from a variety of browsers. The web client supports Calling and Meetings by using webRTC, so there is no plug-in or download required to run Teams in a web browser. The browser must be configured to allow third-party cookies.
Teams fully supports the following internet browsers, with noted exceptions.
|Internet Explorer 11||Calling and Meetings aren't supported. Users who try to join a meeting on Internet Explorer 11 will be directed to download the Teams desktop client.|
|Microsoft Edge||Calling and Meetings supported on Edge RS2 or later|
|Chrome, the latest version plus two previous versions||Meetings supported on Chrome 59 or later
Support for Calling is coming soon
|Firefox, the latest version plus two previous versions||Calling and Meetings aren't supported. Users who try to join a meeting on Firefox will be directed to download the Teams desktop client.|
Safari isn't currently supported. Check the Teams Roadmap for news about new features in Teams. Users who try to open Teams on Safari will be directed to download the Teams desktop client.
As long as an operating system can run the supported browser Teams is supported. For example, running Firefox on the Linux operating system is an option for using Teams.
The web client performs browser version detection upon connecting to https://teams.microsoft.com. If an unsupported browser version is detected, it will block access to the web interface and recommend that the user download the desktop client or mobile app.
The Microsoft Teams mobile apps are available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phones, and are geared for on-the-go users participating in chat-based conversations and allow peer-to-peer audio calls. For mobile apps, go to the relevant mobile store for Google Play, Apple App Store, and Microsoft Store.
Supported mobile platforms for Microsoft Teams mobile apps are the following:
Android: 4.4 or later
iOS: 10.0 or later
The mobile version must be available to the public in order for Teams to work as expected.
Mobile apps are distributed and updated through the respective mobile platform’s app store only, and are not available to be distributed through MDM (mobile device management) solutions or side-loaded.
|Decision Point||Are there any restrictions preventing users from installing the appropriate Microsoft Teams client on their devices?|
|Next Steps||If your organization restricts software installation, make sure that process is compatible with Microsoft Teams. Note: Admin rights are not required for PC client installation but are required for installation on a Mac.|
Decision Point Are there any restrictions preventing users from installing the appropriate Microsoft Teams client on their devices?
Client update management
Clients are currently updated automatically by the Microsoft Teams service with no IT administrator intervention required. If an update is available, the client will automatically download the update and when the app has idled for a period of time, the update process will kick off.
Currently, there are no supported options available to configure the client either through the tenant admin, PowerShell, Group Policy Objects or the registry.
There are currently no options available for IT administrators to configure client-side notification settings. All notification options are set by the user. The figure below outlines the default client settings.