Microsoft has announced that its Chromium version of Microsoft Edge is finally coming to Linux. According to the company, the browser will be available as a preview in October through the Dev Channel.
Users will be able to download Microsoft Edge from the Insider download page as .rpm and .deb packages or using the native Linux package manager on all major distributions, including the popular Ubuntu distro, Debian, openSUSE, and Fedora.
The software giant says that it intends to bring every feature of the browser already available in Windows 10 and macOS, but at launch, the Linux version of Edge will not include all the features. For example, differential updates, sync (for example, password, tabs, and favorites), and read aloud won’t be available in the first release. “We are working hard to bring these to users as quickly as possible, while also ensuring it’s done right” — Microsoft explains.
Although not every feature will be available at launch, it’s expected to be a significant release, since the browser will be usable and it’ll include the vast majority of the features you see today in other platforms.
Alongside the announcement, the company also revealed that it’s bringing some new improvements to make Microsoft Edge available in kiosk mode to create a restricted and tailored browsing experience on Windows 10. Also, Microsoft is expected to bring new tools to make it easier for network administrators manage IE mode for Edge — a feature that allows organizations to access legacy websites without having to open Internet Explorer, which the company is trying to retire.