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Microsoft Edge now available on Linux in Preview

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The day has come, Microsoft have officially made their own web browser available on Linux in preview. Microsoft Edge on Linux, what a time to be alive.

While it's currently only in a preview form, this now makes Microsoft Edge available for all major desktop and mobile platforms. Microsoft said in the announcement they will be keeping the Linux version up to date in the developer channel, exactly the same as they do for macOS and Windows. Currently, they're supporting Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE distributions. However, as expected, Arch Linux already has it up in the user repository.

Microsoft noted that the majority of features are in and should behave the same as macOS and Windows. However, the initial release only supports local accounts and does not support online sign in with a Microsoft Account or AAD account and so there's no syncing yet. They said they will be coming in a later preview.

I decided to take if for a spin for a while, take some shots and see what all the fuss is about. Here's the initial setup screens:

As a reminder, this is not the first Microsoft application to be put onto Linux. Technically Skype came way before, although that was available for Linux before the Microsoft buyout. Microsoft Teams is also available for Linux, and has been since late 2019. Still, it's a remarkable change for Microsoft overall, who were once seriously hostile to the open source community. Most of that is history now, lessons clearly learned in some places. Microsoft now love Linux right?

See the full post here.

In other Microsoft-related news, Microsoft opened up their Windows calculator application back in early 2019. Now, developers from Uno Platform have ported that over to Linux too because why the heck not. You can grab that from the Snap store if you want to try it.

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Tags: Apps, Microsoft
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ajgp 21 Oct, 2020
Quoting: KonUno Calculator has added telemetry not present in the Microsoft source code. That's a plenty good reason not to use it.

What telemetry has UNO added? not that I was going to use it, but am curious.
The_Aquabat 21 Oct, 2020
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: spayder26Microsoft IE/Edge/Whatever-is-called-tomorrow serves a purpose, and it probably isn't any good for Internet openness or user freedom.

If it had its own browser engine, it actually might have been that, considering Google's dominance in browsers...

isn't it a fork of Chromium?
coeseta 21 Oct, 2020
Quoting: Raaben
Quoting: stud68Tested on Arch here and still no 4K Netflix. Only running at 720p.
Oh well back to trusty Firefox. Not that I was ever gonna leave.

This was the only thing I might have been interested in. Ah well, back to not caring about MS products.

Same for me, that would be the only thing I would use it for.
Eike 21 Oct, 2020
Quoting: The_Aquabat
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: spayder26Microsoft IE/Edge/Whatever-is-called-tomorrow serves a purpose, and it probably isn't any good for Internet openness or user freedom.

If it had its own browser engine, it actually might have been that, considering Google's dominance in browsers...

isn't it a fork of Chromium?

Yes, it's some Chrom* stuff, that's why I said if it had its own...
DMG 21 Oct, 2020
Well DevTools works glitchy in this browser. For some reason it makes black space on right, even when it's not positioned there.

MS Edge
ShabbyX 21 Oct, 2020
"Their own browser", <meme of crying cat with thumbs up, titled Chromium developers>

Also, windows calc on Linux? Why would you want that piece of garbage when the basic calc on Linux is so much better!
Linuxwarper 21 Oct, 2020
> Open sources a calculator
> Makes Edge available (strategy tactic I bet)
> DX12 made available for WSL but not for Linux and continues pushing it on developers
Their love for linux managed to warm 0.5/1000 of my cold penguin heart


Last edited by Linuxwarper on 21 October 2020 at 1:40 pm UTC
dreamer_ 21 Oct, 2020
I'm glad they have rpm package… but it would be nice if it was available in the same repo as Visual Studio Code and PowerShell.
melkemind 21 Oct, 2020
I have no real desire to use it, but I am curious if HBO Max works in it since it no longer works in Chrome or Firefox.
mirv 21 Oct, 2020
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Quoting: ShabbyX"Their own browser", <meme of crying cat with thumbs up, titled Chromium developers>

Also, windows calc on Linux? Why would you want that piece of garbage when the basic calc on Linux is so much better!

I like galculator myself.

But I think the windowx calc thing was done for no other reason than they could. Actually reading their blog on the matter (what heresy!) it was for proof of concept - a small, simple application like that is easier to prove fundamentals with.
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