Microsoft Edge confirmed coming to Linux 'in the future'

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft this week confirmed Edge for Linux is in the works.
  • Linux was listed alongside all of the platforms Edge supports or will support during an Ignite 2019 session.
  • There's no timeline for release, but Microsoft says Edge is coming to Linux "in the future."

The new Chromium version of Microsoft Edge is already available across nearly every platform, but you can now add Linux to that list. While we previously saw hints that Edge would come to Linux, Microsoft confirmed it is in the works during a session this week at Ignite 2019.

In an Ignite session dubbed "State of the browser: Microsoft Edge" (via Windows Latest), the Edge team presented a slide that listed all of the platforms Edge runs on. Listed last is Linux, which Microsoft says will be "available in the future."

Microsoft Ignite slide showing Edge platform progress

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Prior to this confirmation, Microsoft sought feedback from Linux developers through a survey in which it asked broad questions about which Linux distribution was most important to them for development, if they use multiple distributions for different scenarios, and more.

As it stands, Microsoft Edge is already available across a wide variety of platforms. Those include various flavors of Windows, covering Windows 7 up to Windows 10. However, Edge now has a presence on macOS as well, and it has been available on Android and iOS for some time.

Confirmation that the browser is coming to Linux follows news that Edge's official launch date is January 15, 2020 for Windows and macOS. This follows a long period of testing through the new Edge's Canary, Dev, and Beta channels.

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