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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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Phlebiac 22 Oct
Back when M$ was actively trying to kill Netscape, there were versions of Internet Explorer for Solaris, HP-UX, etc. It does make you wonder what their motives are this time around. Maybe it's as simple as "we recommend using Edge to access Office 365" even on Linux. As long as they still support / don't actively sabotage it for other browsers, that isn't a terrible motive. Not that I would choose to use any of it.
slaapliedje 23 Oct
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Quoting: PhlebiacBack when M$ was actively trying to kill Netscape, there were versions of Internet Explorer for Solaris, HP-UX, etc. It does make you wonder what their motives are this time around. Maybe it's as simple as "we recommend using Edge to access Office 365" even on Linux. As long as they still support / don't actively sabotage it for other browsers, that isn't a terrible motive. Not that I would choose to use any of it.

Yeah, I mean as soon as they won that war, support for IE on all of the other systems was killed off. They pretty much tried to support everything Netscape did at the time in their drive for controlling the Internet. Hmm, the same thing Google is getting sued for now :P
F.Ultra 23 Oct
Quoting: mirv
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.

Does galculator skip spaces? For some reason the Gnome Calculater since a few versions back decided that numbers like "1 000 000" was invalid, something that it just handled like 1000000 before, which makes it a pain in the ass to use for me since I have to do a lot of manual calculations from company prospectus and they all use space as separators for some reason.
mirv 23 Oct
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Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: mirv
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.

Does galculator skip spaces? For some reason the Gnome Calculater since a few versions back decided that numbers like "1 000 000" was invalid, something that it just handled like 1000000 before, which makes it a pain in the ass to use for me since I have to do a lot of manual calculations from company prospectus and they all use space as separators for some reason.

Copy & paste into the scientific view looks to strip the whitespace, but not in paper mode.
The only other thing I can think of is to feed things through something that strips whitespace between two numericals. Still a pain, but less prone to typos maybe.
F.Ultra 23 Oct
Quoting: PhlebiacBack when M$ was actively trying to kill Netscape, there were versions of Internet Explorer for Solaris, HP-UX, etc. It does make you wonder what their motives are this time around. Maybe it's as simple as "we recommend using Edge to access Office 365" even on Linux. As long as they still support / don't actively sabotage it for other browsers, that isn't a terrible motive. Not that I would choose to use any of it.

The answer with Microsoft (and any large corporation for that matter) is control. Not having their own browser on Linux when Linux makes it big means that they would lose control any enterprise user that where running Linux instead of Windows.

And part of that control is to provide support for certain functions in things like Office 365.

The huge money maker for Microsoft have always been their other software (Office in particular) and not Windows itself, Windows have more been there to lock the customers in to their range of softwares (if you have invested in Windows why not also invest in other MS software, especially since it plays much nicer with other MS solutions like AD and so on), but now with the web becoming "the OS" for many many users they are of course desperate to somehow maintain control or rather still be relevant.
F.Ultra 23 Oct
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: mirv
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.

Does galculator skip spaces? For some reason the Gnome Calculater since a few versions back decided that numbers like "1 000 000" was invalid, something that it just handled like 1000000 before, which makes it a pain in the ass to use for me since I have to do a lot of manual calculations from company prospectus and they all use space as separators for some reason.

Copy & paste into the scientific view looks to strip the whitespace, but not in paper mode.
The only other thing I can think of is to feed things through something that strips whitespace between two numericals. Still a pain, but less prone to typos maybe.

Thanks, well it was worth to ask, I guess I really have to download the source of Gnome Calculator and fix whatever mess they created :).

Funny anecdote with clipboards (come to think about it due to your solution of "feed thins through something") was that I once had to debug an application that wrote html files from data feeds and there where a problem in where news articles sometimes where missing. It turned out that the application writer couldn't figure out how to properly word wrap the text so his solution where to do a copy paste via the clipboard to a hidden text box with the correct dimensions and then copy+paste back the result after, so when people happened to work on the same machine as the application was running on and did copy+ṕaste the contents of the clipboard could end up in those html outputs...
mirv 23 Oct
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Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: mirv
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.

Does galculator skip spaces? For some reason the Gnome Calculater since a few versions back decided that numbers like "1 000 000" was invalid, something that it just handled like 1000000 before, which makes it a pain in the ass to use for me since I have to do a lot of manual calculations from company prospectus and they all use space as separators for some reason.

Copy & paste into the scientific view looks to strip the whitespace, but not in paper mode.
The only other thing I can think of is to feed things through something that strips whitespace between two numericals. Still a pain, but less prone to typos maybe.

Thanks, well it was worth to ask, I guess I really have to download the source of Gnome Calculator and fix whatever mess they created :).

Funny anecdote with clipboards (come to think about it due to your solution of "feed thins through something") was that I once had to debug an application that wrote html files from data feeds and there where a problem in where news articles sometimes where missing. It turned out that the application writer couldn't figure out how to properly word wrap the text so his solution where to do a copy paste via the clipboard to a hidden text box with the correct dimensions and then copy+paste back the result after, so when people happened to work on the same machine as the application was running on and did copy+ṕaste the contents of the clipboard could end up in those html outputs...

Oh I hope that ended up on the daily worse-than-failure.
F.Ultra 23 Oct
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: mirv
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.

Does galculator skip spaces? For some reason the Gnome Calculater since a few versions back decided that numbers like "1 000 000" was invalid, something that it just handled like 1000000 before, which makes it a pain in the ass to use for me since I have to do a lot of manual calculations from company prospectus and they all use space as separators for some reason.

Copy & paste into the scientific view looks to strip the whitespace, but not in paper mode.
The only other thing I can think of is to feed things through something that strips whitespace between two numericals. Still a pain, but less prone to typos maybe.

Thanks, well it was worth to ask, I guess I really have to download the source of Gnome Calculator and fix whatever mess they created :).

Funny anecdote with clipboards (come to think about it due to your solution of "feed thins through something") was that I once had to debug an application that wrote html files from data feeds and there where a problem in where news articles sometimes where missing. It turned out that the application writer couldn't figure out how to properly word wrap the text so his solution where to do a copy paste via the clipboard to a hidden text box with the correct dimensions and then copy+paste back the result after, so when people happened to work on the same machine as the application was running on and did copy+ṕaste the contents of the clipboard could end up in those html outputs...

Oh I hope that ended up on the daily worse-than-failure.

well that dev was a special creature, in the newseditor for our news team he had one error message bar that simple showed "call your on duty priest" :-)
AciD 24 Oct
Now, do the same with Excel and Powerpoint (and perhaps even Word).
No need for edge when you already have Firefox/Chromium, while on the other hand in a work environment, having Excel and Powerpoint is essential.
Quoting: AciDNow, do the same with Excel and Powerpoint (and perhaps even Word).
No need for edge when you already have Firefox/Chromium, while on the other hand in a work environment, having Excel and Powerpoint is essential.
Depends on the work environment. I've never actually used Powerpoint at work in 30+ years. And I've been working from home for months and never had a reason to wish my LibreOffice Calc was Excel. I know there are features Excel has that some people need, but just to use it as a spreadsheet . . . nope.

Adobe stuff has actually been a bigger problem for me. Like wrangling .pdf files; I have in the end been able to do everything I needed to do so far without Acrobat, but it's been clumsy and I've had to use different things for different stuff--GIMP for cropping pages, one at a time, pdfshuffler for sticking pages together and so forth, and I actually ended up using a command line thing, ocrmypdf, to OCR a scanned file (to be fair to ocrmypdf, it worked like a charm). This is not an ideal situation.


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