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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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g000h 21 Oct
Finally we're here - The Year of the Linux Desktop. Microsoft have finally realised and they're porting their main applications ready for the transition.
aristorias 21 Oct
Quoting: g000hFinally we're here - The Year of the Linux Desktop. Microsoft have finally realised and they're porting their main applications ready for the transition.

Call me paranoid, but I am not entirely sure what the actual strategy behind this is and if it's desirable ...
psy-q 21 Oct
Quoting: Schattenspiegelacquire Canonical or at least the snapstore to become the gatekeeper for all Linux software distribution

I've speculated that they'd buy at least a chunk of Canonical at some point ever since there were IPO rumors in 2017, I'm just not sure about when. They seem to be more and more aligned so it wouldn't surprise me.


Last edited by psy-q on 21 October 2020 at 5:47 pm UTC
This is great! Now I can not use Microsoft Edge on Linux at home just the same way I don't use Microsoft Edge on Windows at work!
ShinyaOsen 21 Oct
IE mode not available which was to only thing i wanted for this release hope they'll add it.
WJMazepas 21 Oct
Quoting: ShinyaOsenIE mode not available which was to only thing i wanted for this release hope they'll add it.

Even on macOS is not available. Seriously, a lot of govern websites on my country only work in IE so i was quite excited to use IE mode on linux
The_Aquabat 21 Oct
Quoting: Eike
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...

but a fork? hard fork? soft fork? It could improve chromium by upstreaming the code. if it is the case we all win, lately I've been using the systemd out of memory daemon done by facebook (facebook same evil company) and it's really awesome! as long as the code can be revised and it's open I don't care even if it is microsoft. I see it as a positive move, but the problem is that they share your private data (which chrome and chromium also do btw) (that's why I use palemoon)

but still a positive move nonetheless.


Last edited by The_Aquabat on 21 October 2020 at 7:13 pm UTC
slaapliedje 21 Oct
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Quoting: Eike
QuoteIn 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.

That's the one that still doesn't do multiplications before additions by default. Why the heck not?
Is that what they call Common Core? :P

2020 has been a weird year, that's all I can say...
vipor29 21 Oct
and the comment section does not suprise me.this is why we never get things ported over due to the amount of crying there is.i am welcoming this browser with open arms.you wanna know why because microsoft is not the same company you people are thinking of.gates and ballmer are not in the company anymore nor do they have any say at all because if they were guess what none of there stuff would even be here right now.give it a chance.i don't want hear about the low marketshare because obviously microsoft sees something in linux or they would not be doing this at all.same thing with google.you would not have chrome here either if google did not believe in it.
TheRiddick 21 Oct
Quoting: rustybroomhandlePart of a process by Microsoft to shift some of their stuff to be based on open source projects. A cost cutting measure that some suspect may eventually extend to their operating system, another source of money-bleed.

Hmm, and people think its impossible for MS to port Windows over to Linux.

Seems like there is a pretty big incentive for Microsoft to eventually adopt a Linux Kernel backend to their windows platform, and that is open-source and the fact you'd end up with free bug reporting and fixing from the community whereas atm MS has to front up allot of money still to build their windows platform and keep it working, by themselves.

I doubt this will happen anytime soon however, it's more likely we will see a Linux Distro spin from Microsoft where it slowly gets native DLL support and other things until one day it just works like windows10.
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