The web browser Microsoft Edge has been available for Windows 10 since its release in 2015, but the company announced today that it has released the preview version of its web browser for Linux-based systems. The preview version of Edge will be available as a Snap package on Ubuntu and Debian, and there are builds available as AppImages on Fedora and OpenSUSE.
What is Microsoft Edge?
With a Microsoft Edge preview release now available on both Windows 10 and OS X, Microsoft is finally extending the preview of its new browser to other platforms as well. With Google Chrome remaining the dominant browser on any platform it supports by default–and with Mozilla Firefox currently sitting at number two–it will be interesting to see how Microsoft’s own web-browsing app fares against the competition. Let’s explore Microsoft Edge.
Who Can Use It?
If you’re a user of Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora or an openSUSE distro with the latest updates you can now get your hands on Microsoft’s latest web browser preview. For some time now Microsoft has been developing its very own Chromium-based web browser project that we all know as Microsoft Edge. Now they are testing it on other platforms like Chrome OS, MacOS and Linux. Those who have been eager to see how well this new operating system is going to work will be able to do so by downloading it from the . . .
Get Started with the Latest Software Updates
The latest stable release of Microsoft Edge is now available to users on Windows Insider Fast Ring builds. This update also brings some neat new features with it. For instance, you can customize themes to suit your tastes as well as have incognito browsing run at an optimal speed no matter what your device. The arrival of this browser to the Stable channel marks a good time to get started using it! All you need is a computer running a supported version of Windows 10 or an Android device running 1803 (Pie).
Microsoft released a preview version of their new browser Microsoft Edge. This is significant because it is the first time ever that Microsoft has released its browser on any other operating system besides Windows. The company said the release was only available to selected partners.
The announcement was made during Mobile World Congress which took place this week in Barcelona. In a blog post announcing the release of the preview to select partners, Microsoft also shared that support for more operating systems would be forthcoming later this year.
The Microsoft Edge browser has finally been ported to the Linux operating system. The preview version is available on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS; Ubuntu 18.04 LTS; Fedora 28; openSUSE Leap 15; and Debian 10 as of today.
We’re excited to deliver the Microsoft Edge browser to more users around the world, said Mike Shaver, VP of Engineering at Microsoft Corp. With this preview release, we’re one step closer to delivering on our commitment to bring customers a first-class browsing experience on the desktop.
Shaver also noted that there are no plans currently underway for releasing a version of Microsoft Edge specifically designed for Windows users as they claim most Windows systems already come with browsers preinstalled.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Does the preview only work on Ubuntu?
Yes. Currently the preview is available only on: Canonical Ubuntu (64-bit), Kubuntu (64-bit), Ubuntu MATE (32-bit), Xubuntu (32-bit). It may arrive to other distributions with time. I’m running an x86 based distribution. Will Microsoft Edge come to my system? The preview will be released first on x86 systems, but Microsoft is working to bring it as a snap package to other architectures as well. How can I install Microsoft Edge from the binary packages available online?