Microsoft Edge for Linux preview now available in the Dev channel

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Now you can mix a little Edge in with your favorite Linux flavor.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Edge for Linux is now available to test.
  • Edge's Linux flavor is currently available through the Dev channel for Insider testers.
  • You can download the Edge Dev channel for Linux from Microsoft now.

Microsoft Edge is now available for Linux. Microsoft announced the launch in a blog post today, noting that testers can now try it out as part of the Microsoft Edge Insider Dev channel. With this launch, this also marks Edge's availability across all major desktop and mobile platforms.

Edge for Linux is still very much in the development phase. However, its launch in the Dev Channel shows that Microsoft is confident enough with its current state to commence public testing.

"Today's release supports Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE distributions," Microsoft said in a blog post announcing the launch. "Going forward, we plan to release weekly builds following our typical Dev Channel cadence alongside our other supported platforms."

Edge for Linux has been in the works for some time, with Microsoft confirming it was coming in late 2019. Over the following months, we caught some brief sightings of the Linux variant of Microsoft's new browser, including a preview of a leaked build earlier today.

The initial preview release is meant for developers to test their sites and apps on Linux. You can largely expect Edge for Linux to operate just as it does on macOS and Linux, according to Microsoft. That includes the browser's rendering behaviors, extensions, DevTools, and more.

It's worth noting that this first release only supports local accounts. You can't sign in with your Microsoft Account or Azure Active Directory account. Features like syncing, which require you to sign in, won't work because of this.

If you want to try out Edge for Linux, you can download the Dev channel preview directly from the Edge Insider site.

You can also install Edge directly from Microsoft's Linux Software Repository using your package manager. The commans to do so are available in Microsoft's announcement post.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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