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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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Cmdr_Iras Oct 21, 2020
Interesting, may give it a spin and see how it compares to Firefox which is my daily driver.
Eike Oct 21, 2020
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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?
Maki Oct 21, 2020
I'm still thinking EEE was a thing, might still be a thing, and the last thing I'd want to subject any computer to is a M$ browser... Edge might not be as bad as IE once was, but I honestly wouldn't know as I will not give it a second glance even if paid to do so. I'd need to read the source code first.
Luke_Nukem Oct 21, 2020
They'll do only what helps them. That means they'll never let go of games, that doesn't help them in any way what-so-ever.

You might notice their browser has all their services integrated (or just available as shortcuts permanently) and has advertising on the new-tab info page by default.
rustybroomhandle Oct 21, 2020
1. Port Azure management tools run on Linux as well as WSL
2. Port core MS applications and services to Linux
3. Release MS Enterprise Linux focused on system administration
4. Keep porting MS applications to Linux
5. Launch MS Linux for regular users
6. Roll out above on dedicated small devices
7. Replace MS Windows with MS Linux entirely
8. Lay off loads of people
9. Profit
HJ Oct 21, 2020
what does this have to do with gaming?
AzP Oct 21, 2020
What are they using as window management library? GTK? KDE? X11? Is it a part of the Chromium package, or have they only used the browser engine and then built the application around that?
kokoko3k Oct 21, 2020
Another Closed source chromium respin?
No thanks, back to ungoogled-chromium or firefox.
Liam Dawe Oct 21, 2020
Quoting: HJwhat does this have to do with gaming?
We often cover a lot of things not directly connected with Linux gaming, wider industry news for Linux and so on. We've done so for a long time now. No doubt I will be replying to comments like this for years to come...

However, web browser can be used to play thousands of games, game streaming services and more. It's very relevant.

Last edited by Liam Dawe on 21 October 2020 at 10:35 am UTC
stud68 Oct 21, 2020
Tested 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.
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