What you need to know
- Microsoft Edge on Linux was shown of briefly during Build 2020.
- Microsoft first listed that the browser would come to Linux last November.
- The Chromium browser appears similar on Linux as to how it looks on other platforms.
The Chromium version of Microsoft Edge came our earlier this year on Windows 10 and macOS. Now, we've seen the browser running on Linux. During a session of Build 2020, a Microsoft presenter used Microsoft Edge on a Linux machine. Windows Latest spotted the browser and grabbed a screenshot of it in action.
Last November, Microsoft listed that Linux would be "available in the future" on a Ignite page "State of the browser: Microsoft Edge." Microsoft also sought feedback from developers through a survey in relation to the Linux last fall.
Microsoft Edge for Linux was spotted in use by Microsoft Azure Engineers during Build 2020. We don't have many details about the browser, but it seems similar to its counterparts on other operating systems. The look and logo of it are nearly identical to other versions of Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft has warmed up to open-source technologies, including Linux, increasingly over the last few years. Microsoft's President Brad Smith recently spoke on how he feels Microsoft was on the wrong side of history in relation to open-source technology at the turn of the century. Bringing Microsoft Edge to Linux would be yet another step towards embracing open-source technology.
At the moment, Microsoft has not given a planned release date for Microsoft Edge on Linux. Once it does come to Linux, there will be a version of Microsoft Edge on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and Linux, making it available on all major platforms.
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