Microsoft announced the availability of the Microsoft Edge browser for Linux systems, which is currently available as a preview for participants in the Microsoft Edge Insider Program.
This release is a Dev Channel release version, which one step away from a “stable” Beta Channel release. The Insider Program also has Canary Channel releases, which are considered to be the least stable releases under Microsoft’s browser testing program. The browser is not yet ready for production environments, as “you may experience bugs or unexpected behaviors.”
“With this release, Microsoft Edge is now available for all major desktop and mobile platforms. We’re particularly excited to offer web developers the same consistent and powerful web platform and developer tools as on macOS or Windows, so you can build and test in your preferred environment and be confident in the experience your customers will have on other devices.”
This first and the following versions can be installed on different distributions. The list includes Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and OpenSuSE. Microsoft states that these dev builds have the same release schedule as the Windows and macOS versions. Of course we can expect a new version every week.
How to install Microsoft Edge on Linux
There are two ways to get started with Microsoft Edge on Linux. The simplest approach is to download and install a .deb or .rpm package directly from the Microsoft Edge Insider site. In addition, this will configure your system to receive future automatic updates.
If you prefer, you can also install Microsoft Edge from Microsoft’s Linux Software Repository using your distribution’s standard package management tools, by following the “Command line installation” instructions on the Microsoft Edge Insider site (deb/rpm).
Archlinux users can download Microsoft Edge for Linux from AUR.