Microsoft hints at a Linux variant of Chromium-based Edge

Rabia Noureen avatar. By: Rabia Noureen
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Microsoft Edge browser may support Linux

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Microsoft already announced its Chromium-based Edge browser would be available on Windows 10 as well as on other platforms. Now the Redmond giant hints that the browser will work on Linux as well.

Moving the web forward with Chromium-Edge on Linux

Interestingly, developers were the reason Microsoft decided to bring its new Edge browser to Mac. Likewise, Linux is also the favorite platform of many developers. That is the reason Microsoft is planning to bring Chromium-Edge to Linux users as well.

Microsoft’s plans were revealed at a Build 2019 session where the tech giant showed off a slide titled “Moving the web forward with Microsoft Edge“.

This slide listed Chromium Edge support for new platforms including Linux. However, the information can be considered as the outline of a plan and there might be some changes added along the way.

The news was not surprising for Windows users because the tech giant already confirmed its interest in the platform.

Some reports suggest that Microsoft is planning to bring Linux to Windows 10. Notably, macOS users are already enjoying an early preview version of Microsoft Edge.

If you ever get a chance to visit the Microsoft Edge Insider website, you will see a greeting message “Coming soon to macOS. Notify me when it’s available”.

However, some glitches may come along with the browser. The new Edge for macOS also supports two channels, the Dev and the Canary Channel. 

As a matter of fact, Microsoft’s contribution is very  important for the Chromium engine. It will transform the way other browsers leverage Chromium engine.

If everything goes according to plan, Linux support for the new Edge browser will be valuable for Chromebook users. We know that Chrome OS already supports Linux and the addition of Chromium Edge will be beneficial in this regard.

It remains to be seen when Microsoft officially releases the Chromium Edge version.

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