You won’t have to wait too much longer to try Microsoft Edge on Linux — a preview version of the browser will be available to download next month.
Microsoft only confirmed its plan to bring Edge to Linux desktops late last year and had thus-far remain tight-lipped about precisely when and how the browser would be made available to users of Linux distros like Ubuntu.
In blog post Microsoft reveal Linux users will be able to download a preview version of Edge for Linux from October. This is in keeping with their stated plan to release it ‘sometime in 2020.’
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reiterated the plan. Speaking at Microsoft Ignite Live he said: “We’re bringing Edge to Linux next month so we can now use it across every major platform, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux.”
Where from? Well, Microsoft says you can get it from the Microsoft Edge Insiders site or — surprise time — “download it from the native Linux package manager.”
I’m not exactly sure what Microsoft means here; there isn’t a single “native Linux package manager”. I can’t imagine Edge will be added to the repos of all major Linux distros — that’s a lot of effort.
Since other Microsoft apps (Skype, Teams, VSCode, etc) are available on the Snap store (and Snapd is available on most Linux distros) perhaps they mean that? We’ll have to see.
But there you have it: we finally have a release date for Microsoft Edge on Linux. The only question left unanswered (for now) is will anyone use it?