Microsoft Edge, the new Chromium-based web browser, is reaching version 88 this week. Testers on the Dev Channel can now start using this latest version of the browser. Coming with numerous changes, the biggest is undoubtedly the inclusion of support for Linux.
Yes, Chromium Microsoft Edge now supports the open source Linux platform for the first time. Users on Linux can download the browser starting today, provided they are on the Dev Channel. As this is still in preview and as a couple of testing channels to pass through, it may be a few weeks or months before this update extends to the full version of Edge.
Either way, it's a welcome step forward for the browser. It is also worth noting it has been a long time coming. Microsoft initially confirmed a Linux version of Chromium Edge back last year. The it all went quiet. When the company reconfirmed the promise last month, it was expected an announcement was imminent.
Microsoft Edge supports a nice array of Linux distros out of the box. In fact, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and openSUSE distributions all get the browser. As version 88 is a Dev channel build, it will adhere to the weekly update cycle on Linux as on other platforms.
Microsoft says Edge on the platform is “aiming to provide a representative experience for developers who want to build and test their sites and apps on Linux”.
That said, this debut on Linux is short on front-end features. For example, users cannot even sign into their Microsoft Accounts on the browser. That instantly removes syncing capabilities from the equation. Of course, it is worth remembering this is still a preview build.
As version 88 of the browser comes to the Dev channel, testers on the Beta channel are receiving version 87 for the first time.