04 November 2019
Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser is available for all major platforms (in beta stage) except Linux. It has given hints that a Linux release may happen but now for the first time, it is officially confirmed that Microsoft Edge will arrive on Linux. The confirmation came through a slide it used during Ignite 2019 conference's State of the Browser: Edge session,
The slide in question here was about the cross-platform availability of the Edge browser. It showed that the new Edge browser is available for various Windows versions including Windows 7/8.1/10, Windows Server 2008 R2 and above. Additionally, it can also be used on macOS, Android, and iOS devices. This is where Microsoft also mentioned Linux as a supported platform with a release timeline set to "available in the future".
This is undoubtedly a vague release timeline but one should not expect Edge to land on Linux anytime soon. When Microsoft unveiled a new Edge logo earlier this week, it revealed that Edge's stable version will be available from January 15th, 2020. This release date applies only to Windows and macOS devices suggesting that a Linux variant will arrive even late.
Nevertheless, it is good to see that at least Microsoft is not leaving Linux users behind. It even sent a feedback survey to Linux developers to get an idea of which Linux distribution is more popular and what are the requirements and preferences of those users. It seems like Microsoft will take its sweet time to get things right so that the Linux version is actually useful for those who will choose to use it.