Microsoft Edge is Now Available on Linux in Preview

Joanna Estrada
October 22, 2020

Microsoft has just announced that Microsoft Edge of Linux is available for download in the Dev channel, thus allowing users on the platform to finally try out the software giant's Chromium-based browser.

With the Linux release, Microsoft Edge is now available on all major operating systems.

As you may know, unlike the old Internet Explorer, Edge is a Chromium-based web browser whose stable version is already available for Windows 10, Windows 7/8/8.1, Android, iOS, macOS devices, and is now in the process of coming to Linux. In terms of plans to update WebView 2 alongside Edge, Microsoft said it will update the SDK every six weeks. The simplest approach is to download and install a.deb or.rpm package directly from the Microsoft Edge Insider site - this will configure your system to receive future automatic updates.

If you prefer, you can also install Microsoft Edge from Microsoft's Linux Software Repository using your distribution's standard package management tools, by following the "Command line installation" instructions on the Microsoft Edge Insider site (deb/rpm).

Edge's Dev Channel is now on version 88, two ahead of the Stable browser, which was promoted to version 86 on 8 October. Microsoft said that it would now release weekly builds for the browser like versions on other platforms.

Speaking of features, the preview release aims to provide a better experience, especially for developers who want to build and test their sites and apps on Linux.

Much functionality and many features, however, have yet to be implemented, including signing in with a Microsoft Account or work-provided credentials managed by Azure Active Directory, or syncing settings and bookmarks with other copies of Edge. Although that was a record, Edge trails the leader, Chrome, by a huge margin.

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