It is a big news day for Microsoft Edge, with the web browser getting two important announcements. Microsoft has confirmed a Stable build of the browser is now available for Linux. Furthermore, the company is discussing IE Mode ahead of the retirement of Internet Explorer.
Let’s start with the full release of Microsoft Edge for Linux distros. This has been a long time coming. Microsoft first announced Edge compatibility in Linux back in October 2020. Since then, the integration has only been available in preview.
This week, Microsoft is changing that. In an official blog, the company confirms Edge Stable for Linux:
“A common request is your need for Microsoft Edge to span the breadth of operating systems in your environment. Last October, we made Microsoft Edge available on Linux in preview channels (Dev and Beta channels) and today, the browser is generally available for Linux via the stable channel. This milestone officially rounds out the full complement of major platforms served by Microsoft Edge through stable channel: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and now Linux. To use Microsoft Edge on Linux, users can download it from our website or retrieve it using the command line from a Linux package manager.”
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.
Earlier this year, Microsoft confirmed it will finally retire Internet Explorer (currently on IE11) on June 15, 2022.
Microsoft is now reminding users that IE Mode in Microsoft Edge is the perfect way to continue for those reliant on Internet Explorer. Specifically, the company commits to IE Mode being available in Edge until 2029.
“IE mode is the critical step in that modernization journey—modernize your browser to Microsoft Edge and set up IE mode first, and then take the time needed to plan and pace out your legacy web app modernization. IE mode in Microsoft Edge is supported through at least 2029, giving you an eight-year runway to modernize those legacy apps to meet today’s standards.”
IE mode is a best of both world’s scenario. It is available as a special mode on Microsoft Edge. It gets the benefits (security) of the new browser, but organizations can still access legacy sites if they need to.
We recommend checking out our tutorial on how to best use IE Mode in Microsoft Edge.
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