Microsoft rolls out Chromium-powered Edge browser for Linux

The software giant, Microsoft has released a Chromium-based Edge browser for Linux this month. The new release supports Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSUSE and Fedora.

Microsoft plans to release weekly builds similar to the Dev channel builds. The users can download and install .deb or .rpm package directly from the Edge insider like it does with the Dev channel builds for other platforms.

The users can download and install a .deb or .rpm package from the Edge insider site, which can later be used to configure a system to get future updates. There is also an option to download Edge from Microsoft’s Linux Software Repository.

Microsoft Edge has come a long way since it was first launched. The release on Linux will help envelopers that want to build and test their sites and apps on Linux. Some of the end-user features and services may not work. The initial release only supports local accounts.

The company announced the Chromium-based Edge (codenamed as Chredge) for Linux on September 22nd, during the opening day of its virtual Ignite 2020 conference.

Edge already supports Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows 10 and macOS. Microsoft plans to introduce the new version of the browser as part of its Windows 10 20H2 update. The tech firm is also positioning Edge as an offering for IT professionals and developers.