Microsoft shocked the world when it kicked its own browser engine to the sidewalk and rebuilt the Edge with Chromium. The results have been quite spectacular, leading to improvements in Google̵7;s Chrome browser. But if you’re a fan of Edge and a Linux user, you’ve been in luck. “Be” as a keyword, as the first Edge Linux Insider version comes in October.
Back when Microsoft announced that it would make Edge a Chromium-based browser, it promised to bring Edge to every popular platform. At that time did not include Linux. Linux fans of Microsoft (they exist) loudly asked the company to reconsider, and Microsoft promised to investigate the possibility.
Investigate it, and now the request becomes a reality. We knew it was coming because a presenter showed off an early building at this year’s Build event.
Now Microsoft says that the browser is almost ready for normal use. Starting in October (no exact date specified), Linux users can go to the Edge Insider website to download an early copy of the Dev Preview channel.
Since it is a DEV preview, you can expect many bugs and issues to work through. If you need a stable browser, you may want to persevere. But if you’re the type of Linux user who wants Microsoft services and needs software, October should be an exciting month for you.