Microsoft is Finally Set to Release Edge Browser for Linux

Sep 28, 2020

Chromium-based MS Edge browser will soon be available for testing on Linux.

Back in 2019, Microsoft teased it was going to bring it’s Edge browser to Linux. And then, all went silent. Many of the Linux faithful assumed it would be the latest vaporware promise made to the Linux community. However, it seems Microsoft is making good on that promise.

The release of Edge for Linux will be sometime in early October and will be made available via Microsoft Edge Insider. Once the browser is released, users can head over to the Insider page, download the installer package for their distribution, install, and start testing.

Of course, Edge on Linux is being positioned as a browser for IT pros and developers, not as a web browser for the average user. That doesn’t mean, of course, that every-day Linux users won’t be able to install and work with the Chromium-based browser.

According to the Microsoft PR, “When it’s available, Linux users can go to the Microsoft Edge Insiders site to download the preview channel, or they can download it from the native Linux package manager. And just like other platforms, we always appreciate feedback—it’s the best way to serve our customers.”

But why would you want to use Edge on Linux? The possible benefits might include the ability to use Microsoft’s xCloud gaming service and full HD or Ultra HD modes on Netflix (which are only available on MS Edge).

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