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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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ShabbyX 2 Jul, 2021
Quoting: Guesti have a feeling MS is trying to win over linux users

The truth is microsoft is losing on many fronts. The one thing they have a lead on (windows) is slowly losing shares to Android and iOS. This is more of a survival move; they are focusing on cloud for one thing, and more cross-platform and/or open soirce software for another. In the particular case of Edge, the only point is to have users default to bing instead of google for search (which is a major source of income for the latter), and no one is going to use Edge if they can't also use it everywhere else (because of browser sync).

Make no mistake, there isn't any good will or "love" coming from microsoft.
slaapliedje 2 Jul, 2021
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Someone told me that Teams is moving away from Electron to use the Edge web engine. This makes a lot of sense why they would be porting Edge to all the things, as they really want everyone using Teams to communicate. Which is also why it is being integrated straight into Windows 11...

Shame though that Teams is a dumpster fire of radioactive materials...
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Quoting: ShabbyXMake no mistake, there isn't any good will or "love" coming from microsoft

used to be a MS fanboy several years ago,now i am much older and have realised that truth is harsh.
Could never understand how anyone could be an MS fanboy, from the beginning and up until now, they've always done rather shady things, and none of which they have done has been good for the consumer.

I've always looked at Windows as an arranged marriage, that basically we're forced to use it for one reason or another, and life becomes very uncomfortable or awkward if we'd ever get divorced (exiled from society).

Granted, I've also never understood being a fanboy of Apple products either. Too expensive for what you get, and that cult feeling every time you hear someone talk about how wonderful they are :P
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