Microsoft has released its Edge web browser, which is now based on the open-source Chromium browser. And, it’s now available as a preview build on Linux. Also, Microsoft added new features to Microsoft Teams and Skype Meet on Windows 10.
After initial release on Windows Desktop and other popular operating systems. It is sure that Microsoft is finally going to bring the new Edge browser to Linux. Microsoft Ignite 2019 the annual developer conference of the company. In the session on Edge Browser mentioned that it is coming to Linux.
In Microsoft Ignite 2020, they announced the availability of Microsoft Edge (as a dev preview) on Linux in the month of October.
Here is how you can install Microsoft Edge preview on Linux:
Downloading appropriate (.deb/.rpm) for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, or openSUSE from its Microsoft’s Edge Insider website based on your system requirement.
Using DEB or RPM file is one-click install. Simply double-click on the downloaded file to install it. Microsoft also added its repository to the sources.list so that you can get updates to Microsoft Edge through system updater.
Install Microsoft Edge on Ubuntu-based Linux distro using the command line
Here, you can also add the official PPA to install Microsoft Edge on Linux. Following are the commands that you have to follow through the terminal to add the PPA and install Edge.
curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | 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] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft-edge-dev.list' sudo rm microsoft.gpg
Edge is currently a developer preview build on Linux but it works quite stable for the most part. You still do not have the feature to sign in / sync but considering it as a preview build, after all, it is pretty impressive to start with.
Why Microsoft Edge for Linux?
There are a few benefits for Linux users. Using Edge, you can get some Microsoft specific products on Linux. For example, Microsoft’s streaming gaming service xCloud might be available through Edge browser only.
Also, users can get a better Netflix experience on Linux as Netflix is offering free library subscription to Indian Users. Needless to say, you can use Chrome or Firefox for watching Netflix on Linux systems. But you can’t get the full HD or ultra HD streaming because it is only available on Microsoft Edge browser (not even Google Chrome) as of now.