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Microsoft Edge Made Available on Linux

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Microsoft recently announced the availability of the Microsoft Edge Dev Channel for Linux (initial preview release). The new release makes the Chromium-based Edge browser available on all major operating systems, desktop and mobile. Enterprise developers, many of which use Linux, will thus be able to build and test web applications in their preferred platform. The move participates to Microsoft’s positioning of Edge as the browser for business.

Edge for Linux currently supports Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE distributions. Developers may install Edge from the Microsoft Edge Insider site (download and installation) or the Microsoft’s Linux Software Repository (command-line installation).

Developers may for instance install Edge for Linux on Ubuntu with the following commands:

$ curl | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg
$ sudo install -o root -g root -m 644 microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft-edge-dev.list'
$ sudo rm microsoft.gpg
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install microsoft-edge-dev

The initial preview release however does not completely replicate the features available for non-Linux platforms. Missy Quarry, community manager at Microsoft, explained in a Microsoft forum:

While we are working to ensure that every feature in our Windows and Mac Dev channels is available in our Linux version, there are a few features that will not be available at launch. Sync (and its related services), read aloud, and differential updates will not be available immediately with Edge on Linux.

Key Edge features like web collections, immersive reader, optional dark mode, or enhanced privacy protection are however available in the Linux release.

The initial Linux preview release is a Dev Channel preview and will receive weekly updates as it occurs with other platforms. Microsoft encourages developers to transmit their feedback and feature requests via the Send Feedback tool.

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