A year after releasing the first preview version of Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser for Linux, the software giant announces its general availability.
The new release supports a variety of Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and OpenSUSE. The company announced the availability of the browser for Linux during the first day of the Ignite IT Pro conference.
The browser should work across any Linux distribution that uses DEB or RPM packages. Microsoft plans to release weekly releases. Just like you do with dev channel releases for other platforms.
As of the stable channel Linux Edge release (normal user), the browser is now available across Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.
As it did with the introduction of the new browser via macOS, the company has positioned the browser across Linux as more of an offering to IT professionals and developers who want to test websites than it is for casual users across those platforms. However, any user on any supported platform can use the new browser.
If you are using preview versions of the browser for Linux, you can now get the latest stable version by running the sudo apt install microsoft-edge-stabil command. Whereas if you are new to the browser via Linux, the installer is now available via the company’s website.
Many Linux users use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. But Microsoft Edge is another browser option that may work across distributions that do not fully support Google Chrome.
The company has also added a number of privacy features to the browser to limit tracking and cookies. The Linux version shares most of the features available across Windows and macOS.
In other browser-related news from Ignite, the company announced a preview of a tool intended to help businesses migrate from Internet Explorer before it becomes unsupported on most versions of Windows on June 15, 2022.
The new cloud site list management tool allows customers to store their organization’s site list in a compatible cloud site instead of on-premises.
Microsoft officials said users can create, import, and export site lists, as well as audit changes to site list entries via the Microsoft 365 admin center.