Microsoft releases Edge beta for Linux

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  • Microsoft has released an Edge beta Linux version for the first time.
  • The beta release confirms Microsoft will likely launch an Edge stable Linux version later in 2021.
  • The new beta version is available for the biggest Linux distros, such as Ubuntu and Fedora.
  • Edge beta for Linux incorporates sign-in and sync support.
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Microsoft gave its flagship browser a new lease of life when it launched Chromium Edge in 2020.

Aside from turning Edge into a Chromium-based browser, the big M also introduced a Dev version of Edge for Linux last year. Now Microsoft has released an Edge beta version for Linux.

Edge beta is now available for Linux

MS Edge is available for download in Stable, Beta, Dev, and Canary channels on Microsoft’s website. Previously, Linux users could only download Edge versions from the Dev channel.

Now, however, there are Linux distro Edge versions available for download in the Beta channel.

The new Edge beta version is compatible with the biggest Linux distros. Users can install Linux Edge on the Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Fedora, and Debian distros.

You can download it from the Microsoft Edge Insider page by clicking the for Linux (.deb) or for Linux (.rpm) beta channel buttons there.

When you’ve downloaded Linux for Edge, you can install it by clicking its installer package or via the Linux Terminal. To install it with the command method, you’ll need to enter the following command:

## Setup
curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg
sudo install -o root -g root -m 644 microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft-edge-beta.list'
sudo rm microsoft.gpg

## Install
sudo apt update
sudo apt install microsoft-edge-beta

Bear in mind that the latest Linux version is still a beta one for testing. Thus, it might have a few glitches and bugs. However, this Edge beta version highlights that Edge stable for Linux might now only be a few months away.

New Linux Edge features

The Edge beta for Linux comes with sign-in and sync support, which was incorporated within a recent Dev build release. The Linux browser’s sign-in and sync support enables users to save browser data, settings, extensions, and favorite pages across devices.

Aside from that, Microsoft introduced 14 new simple color themes in recent Edge Dev updates that you can select in the Linux Beta version.

You can select those alternative color themes via Appearance on Edge’s Settings tab. Those color themes extend Edge’s customization options.

There can be no doubt Edge is a more appealing browser than it used to be before it embraced the Chromium engine.

Now Edge is a also very decent alternative to the likes of Chrome and Firefox for Linux users.

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