What you need to know
- The version of Microsoft Edge powered by Chromium might be coming to Linux.
- The Microsoft Edge team is "fleshing out requirements to bring Edge to Linux."
- A Microsoft engineer sent out a survey asking developers for information that could help in Edge's development for Linux.
The Chromium-powered version of Microsoft Edge might be coming to Linux in the future. The Microsoft Edge team is "fleshing out requirements to bring Edge to Linux" and has sent out a survey for Linux developers to find out more information. Sean Larkin, a Microsoft Engineer who works on Edge and other projects, shared the survey on Twitter.
The survey is short and only asks five questions:
- What distribution(s) of Linux is most important to you for web development?
- What scenarios do you primarily use web browsers on Linux for?
- If you use multiple distributions for different scenarios (CI/CD, personal, work, development), please specify which ones are important to which scenarios.
- How do you expect to install web browsers on your Linux devices?
- Please share any other details or needs you have for a browser on Linux to meet your development, testing, and/or CI/CD needs.
These questions will help the Microsoft Edge team determine the best route to take moving forward regarding Microsoft Edge and Linux. Chromium is already very popular among Linux users, but only time will tell if users would migrate to a Microsoft browser powered by Chromium.
Microsoft Edge is already available on Windows 10, Android, iOS, and Mac in either public or preview form. Bringing it to Linux would mean the browser is on every major platform.
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