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Microsoft Edge available officially for Linux today as a stable browser

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Microsoft aren't a company we exactly cover often but it seems fitting to cover it here, especially given their history with Linux. Today they're properly releasing Edge for Linux.

Their browser, now based on the open source Chromium tech, was already available on Linux for a while but this was only in their preview channels but that changes today. On their official Edge blog, they announced that Edge will be launched today via the stable channel making it generally available for Linux. This means Edge will now be supported across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux.

It feels like a pretty big occasion, although not the first official Microsoft application to actually land on Linux, it might end up being the most used since it's a web browser and so much depends on you using one nowadays. Hey, you can even play a ton of AAA games in your browser now too.

Will many traditional Linux users switch? That's not really a needed question and plenty will of course say no but having it available is important. Even though most browsers feel largely the same, having the exact same application across platforms is good so people don't need to re-learn so much and keep their accounts together for bookmarks, passwords and whatever else.

To celebrate, Microsoft added a Tux character to their little surfing game available at the "edge://surf" address in Edge.

You can download from their website or whatever package manager you use.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Apps, Meta, Microsoft
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Raaben 2 Nov
So, we're on the second E here now.

I'll stick with non-Chrome as much as I can too.
Beamboom 2 Nov
Oh ffs. Do even windows users use that one? What does the browser stats say?
funny: .deb and .rpm where everyone else is trying to clutter the SSD with fatpaks and snaps - although this might actually be one application that I would want sandboxed if I were to use it ;-)


Last edited by Schattenspiegel on 2 November 2021 at 3:34 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 2 Nov
Quoting: BeamboomOh ffs. Do even windows users use that one? What does the browser stats say?
It's actually more popular than Firefox overall, going by multiple stats websites.
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: BeamboomOh ffs. Do even windows users use that one? What does the browser stats say?
It's actually more popular than Firefox overall, going by multiple stats websites.
not popular - people are just to lazy to google chrome
dec05eba 2 Nov
I wonder how dedicated microsoft will be to make edge perform well under linux. What reason does microsoft have to support hardware video decoding on linux or optimize their opengl rendering path?
ShabbyX 2 Nov
Windows notifications before Edgium: Edge is better than Chrome, Google said so, you should switch, seriously.

Then goes ahead and becomes a skin over Chromium. So desperate, they'd do anything to keep people tied to their microsoft id (instead of google id).

I'm glad they realized they lost this war, and now the poor people that trust microsoft have a working browser. If only they'd realize the same with NT and switch windows's kernel to Linux. Imagine so many people getting fast I/O for once in their life.
pb 2 Nov
"A browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier"
They said it themselves, they put minimal effort other than reskin chromium, heh heh.

I guess it's useful for developers to have it on Linux for testing web pages, other than that I have no idea.
Eike 2 Nov
Well, the good part for sure is that they feel the need to do this.
dec05eba 2 Nov
Quoting: ShabbyXI'm glad they realized they lost this war, and now the poor people that trust microsoft have a working browser. If only they'd realize the same with NT and switch windows's kernel to Linux
They didn't make edge chromium based because they thought chromium was better. They were "forced" to because google was changing how youtube displays videos, which broke hardware decoding. Microsoft developers were even suspecting that google was doing it intentionally to make other browsers perform worse than chromium.
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