The revamped Microsoft Edge browser is officially set to be introduced for Linux. However, the exact date of its arrival is still a little unclear, and the same goes for the opinions of Linux fans.
The move was confirmed at Microsoft’s Ignite conference, which is currently underway in Orlando, Florida. There, it was revealed that Linux is one of the available platforms for Chromium-based Microsoft Edge.
Sadly no information was given on exactly how the implementation of the browser will work for Linux; all we know is that it’s inbound.
While the new Microsoft Edge is set to be released on January 15 next year, no date was given for the Linux version, with the slide noting that it will be “available in the future”. So we don’t have any timeframe at all, but presumably it will be following at a later date after the main launch in mid-January.
That includes other versions of Windows aside from Windows 10, macOS, plus mobile – iOS and Android – with Linux being the final major piece of the platform puzzle.
One other thing to consider is that the introduction of Edge to Linux is something of a thorny subject in that the folks who choose a Linux distro often do so to break away from the chains of Microsoft and Windows (or indeed Apple).
So certainly some of the more fervent open source types out there may not welcome a Microsoft browser with open arms, and doubtless it will be regarded with suspicion in some quarters. No matter how much Microsoft has been banging the open source drum in many different ways in recent times.
That said, there will be numerous Linux users who are curious, and may want to pick up a mainstream alternative to Firefox on Linux which, when compared to Chrome – with its famous memory hogging antics – makes a far preferable choice in some respects. Edge will also do streaming better (by default Chrome limits you to 720p when you’re trying to watch a spot of Netflix).
All the testing feedback about Edge has been pretty positive in the main thus far, too, so maybe that will persuade even doubters to at least consider it.
One thing’s for sure: it will certainly be interesting to see the reaction Microsoft’s browser gets when it is deployed to Linux.