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Microsoft confirm their new Chromium-powered Edge browser is coming to Linux

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Not Linux gaming related, sure but still very interesting news. During their Ignite conference, Microsoft confirmed their new Chromium-based Edge browser will release for Linux.

The new Edge will release in full on January 15 next year, although it's not currently known when the Linux version will land. It's not just going to be using Chromium behind the scenes though, Microsoft are actively contributing to the open source code. This was talked about during their recent "State of the browser: Microsoft Edge" presentation.


Image Source: Microsoft.

During the presentation when the slide above was on-screen, Microsoft's Colleen Williams simply said "[…] and Linux is coming at a later time." towards the end of the slide. Hilariously, if you turn your volume up you can hear a single "woo!" from someone in the crowd. You can watch the event yourself here. Linux is mentioned at 08:34.

Microsoft also confirmed during the presentation that the new Edge will be compatible with Chrome extensions, with most being able to work without any change. It will also include a web-based cross-platform store, so it won't be tied to Windows.

I think it's good that Microsoft is moving towards open source software, rather than sticking to their own proprietary projects. Enabling users to have their favourite applications on Linux breaks down another barrier to entry, which is a really important point. I know, I know, Edge is not exactly one of those big favourite applications (yet). My wider point here is that change can be difficult for anyone, even a small change, so if you can keep a few things the same it makes it easier. We all know someone, or we've seen it mentioned somewhere about x application not being available on Linux.

Options are good. Microsoft being more open is great. Hopefully this keeps up, could you imagine if they fully opened up something like DirectX/Direct3D in future and made it cross-platform or they slowly dropped it in favour of an open standard like they're doing here with Edge? Certainly would be interesting.

What do you think? Will you try it? Unleash your mind in the comments.

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Stupendous Man 5 November 2019 at 10:18 pm UTC
Can I compile it from the source code? If not, then it has no place on my system, same as I don't use Chrome but Chromium and Firefox. That it's Microsoft doesn't bother me that much, but unless they release all the code I will never use it for daily use.
Baemir 5 November 2019 at 11:40 pm UTC
I wonder if Microsoft would ban extensions for "hate speech" like Mozilla has in the past. Probably not.
geekening 6 November 2019 at 12:14 am UTC
yo i thought windows 7 and server 2008 were going to be EOL january 14 2020 , but they are listed here under supported versions. curiously, edge is releasing on january 15 for all those platforms. its confusing.
Botonoski 6 November 2019 at 1:46 am UTC
Last thing I want is another Chromium-based browser.
Nothing wrong with Chromium but, you know, it's a bad idea to let the code we use to access the internet homogenize like this.
I say that... but at least it's open source, perhaps similar arguments could be levied against the linux kernel, maybe Chromium is just a real damn good base to work off of, and maybe building a browser from scratch these days compatible with all the popular sites is unfeasible.
Talking about this subject makes me miss the wild west times of the internet, now every time I open my browser I feel like I'm entering the line at a McDonalds rather than having an adventure.
Mountain Man 6 November 2019 at 3:51 am UTC
BotonoskiLast thing I want is another Chromium-based browser.
Nothing wrong with Chromium but, you know, it's a bad idea to let the code we use to access the internet homogenize like this.
I say that... but at least it's open source, perhaps similar arguments could be levied against the linux kernel, maybe Chromium is just a real damn good base to work off of, and maybe building a browser from scratch these days compatible with all the popular sites is unfeasible.
Talking about this subject makes me miss the wild west times of the internet, now every time I open my browser I feel like I'm entering the line at a McDonalds rather than having an adventure.
I, for one, do not miss the days of "This website was designed for Internet Explorer".
Phlebiac 6 November 2019 at 5:05 am UTC
LinasChrome is becoming the new Internet Explorer. Quite literally.

I think Safari wins that one, although I agree with your points otherwise.
Phlebiac 6 November 2019 at 5:37 am UTC
eldakingNow, if they ported Microsoft Office to Linux, that I would be interested in. Not that I want to use it (for my limited use, Libre Office is more than good enough), but it might be necessary for collaboration, and it would make transitioning to Linux a lot smoother.

If you can tolerate a web-based version, I understand Office365 works fine. No personal experience; I use Libre Office also.
Phlebiac 6 November 2019 at 5:43 am UTC
geekeningyo i thought windows 7 and server 2008 were going to be EOL january 14 2020 , but they are listed here under supported versions. curiously, edge is releasing on january 15 for all those platforms. its confusing.

Their intention is to compete with other browsers, and they can't do that if they don't run on the same platforms. Keeping it exclusive to Win10 hasn't worked out for them thus far.
Beamboom 6 November 2019 at 7:46 am UTC
Stay off.
Make no mistake: Microsoft is only "nice" while there is something they want. Once they got it they change their ways.

Let's hope we never get to the day where I am proven right... Again.
Lcs006 6 November 2019 at 8:00 am UTC
poke86Next step : Windows becomes an Ubuntu flavour.

Welcome to The Twilight Zone.

This scares the shit out of me!
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