Microsoft Edge is Now Available on Linux in Preview

Posted on October 20, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Edge with 21 Comments

Microsoft announced today that the first preview version of its Edge web browser is now available on Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE Linux.

“With this release, Microsoft Edge is now available for all major desktop and mobile platforms,” Microsoft’s Kyle Pflug writes in the announcement post. “We’re particularly excited to offer web developers the same consistent and powerful web platform and developer tools as on macOS or Windows, so you can build and test in your preferred environment and be confident in the experience your customers will have on other devices.”

The initial release of Microsoft Edge for Linux comes via the Edge Insider Preview’s Dev channel, so you can expect weekly updates. There are two ways to install the preview, via the web or using Microsoft’s Linux Software Repository and the Linux package management tools that work on the distribution in question. Microsoft has instructions in its blog post.

The Linux versions of Edge target web developers, so some end-user features are not available in this initial release, such as Microsoft Account and Azure Active Directory (AAD) integration. Microsoft says that these features will be made available in a future preview.

Microsoft is also accepting security vulnerability submissions for the Microsoft Edge Bounty Program on Linux.

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Comments (21)

21 responses to “Microsoft Edge is Now Available on Linux in Preview”

  1. hrlngrv

    Be still, my heart.

  2. Username

    Follow-up with Microsoft Office for Linux, please.

  3. siv

    Perhaps all the speculation on ZDNet about MS dumping Windows and switching to their own Windows on Linux distribution isn't as far fetched as I thought, perhaps this is the first step?

  4. Christopher Patrick

    You have "The initial release of Microsoft Edge for Linux comes via the Edge Insider Preview’s Dev channel, so you can expect daily updates." The dev channel gets weekly updates. Canary is the daily channel.

  5. dftf

    While I've seen many other IT news sites saying releasing Edge for Linux seems rather pointless, given Linux users are already not spoilt-for-choice on browser options, I'd argue that surely the most-pointless thing around Edge was releasing it for Windows 7 literally THE DAY AFTER it ended mainstream support...

  6. a_lurker

    Other than web developers, I do not see a need for another Chromium based browser on a Linux box as general purpose browser. Web developers might need it to check if MS has added some quirk they need to be aware of or supports a feature.

  7. Alastair Cooper

    I don't really understand why the development process for this is taking quite so long when Chromium supported Linux to begin with.

  8. jeroendegrebber

    I can recommend reading the feedback on slashdot about this. It's rather amusing and bewildering to enter that bubble, with remarks like : 'ms should move everything to linux' and 'year of the linux desktop' etc..

  9. dftf

    Easy-enough for them to do, I guess, seeing as Chromium has a native-Linux version, and the only bits specific they need to code are around their custom services and UI.

    But I do wonder how many Linux users will actually use it compared to other open-source browsers with the Chromium engine, or private rivals like Opera, Vivaldi or Brave...

  10. jimchamplin

    I believe this is the first *nix release of a Microsoft browser since IE 5 on HP/UX in the 90s.

  11. BudTugglie

    Why would a Linux user want to use Edge?

    • Paul Thurrott

      It's for developers. Edge has excellent web dev tools and many (most?) Web devs are already using Microsoft's Visual Studio Code. So... why wouldn't they?
    • curtisspendlove

      In reply to BudTugglie:

      Because Mozilla seems bound and determined to obliterate itself as a viable company within the next few years and Firefox is circling the drain.


    • red.radar

      In reply to BudTugglie:
      1. Don't want to use "chrome" but desire/need to use Chrome because of web developer mono-culture
      2. You use Edge on the other platforms (windows, ios, android, mac ) and want access to your bookmarks...history ect. [OOPS scratch that... not supported .. bummer]
      3. because the Micro$oft troupe is 20 years old and they are meaningfully contributing to open source
      4. Its a good product? heaven forbid someone just likes it.
    • Alex Taylor

      In reply to BudTugglie:

      If (and it's quote a big if) it's a dead ringer for the Windows version, it might mean testing and tweaking weird Edge specific issues without firing up a windows VM.

      Of course most of those benefits should happen due to the Chromium engine anyway.

      Other possibilities - its may provide a better Office online experience for when you need it to exchange file with others.

      Also if they follow through on vertical tabs, that would be an improvement on Chrome in my book. (though Firefox and Vivaldi already do this sort of OK)

  12. sammyg

    The latest update on the Mac and PC has been super buggy. I have had to go back to FF to get some pages to work.

  13. canamrotax

    Posting this from Edge, running Mint OS. Hell just froze over.

  14. jumpingjackflash5

    When shall we see Linux Fluent edition ??????