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" (opens in new tab) (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."
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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I doubt it'll get much use. People usually use Linux to get rid of Microsoft. I guess if your work computer has Linux. But I don't know. Maybe someone'll use it.
I feel like there's some potential here but yeah Linux folks are much more likely to trust Firefox.
VS Code is becoming popular on Linux though. As is PowerShell Core. Interesting developments. Even Microsoft said they were surprised by the latter especially.
What about the AMD64 version so you can run it natively on, say, the Surface Pro X?
AMD64 is x86 (the 64-bit variant of x86, to be precise), and that won't run on the Surface Pro X at all.
Funny you mention that. To some, it might appear to be oxymoronic - since for so long in the software world, we have shorthanded x86-64 (the 64bit extension of the x86 platform) as x64 and presented it as dichotomous with x86 alone (implying 32bit). :)
But yes, I believe the person you replied to was talking about ARM64. I wonder what's taking them this long-if they still have dependencies to figure out or if it's ported but waiting to be released for some reason.
*ARM64 (not AMD64)
I believe you're talking about ARM64, right? There's already an internal build of the new Edge with [better] support for ARM chips.
It doesn’t even matter unless M$edge comes prebundled in the major Linux distributions.... people hate doing “apt” command to install Microsoft software... take Skype for instance....Microsoft software is always a pain in the a$$ to “apt install”...
their packages are always on some oddball non standard default server that you need to setup with a screwed up url address.... and then after that mess...it installs too many wired packages that you are paranoid with fuvk up your distro... therefore Firefox still wins because it’s always Pre installed on every linux distro....
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