PSA: Microsoft Edge now comes to Linux by the end of the year Microsoft has been increasingly embracing Linux in recent years, going as far as making it fairly easy to run a properly working Linux terminal and other applications on Windows 10. Today Microsoft is once again extending that olive branch to its Linux community, with its new Chromium based version of the upcoming Edge browser for the Windows operating system. And with more than 10 million Windows users already switching over to Linux, there’s no reason why this trend won’t continue.
As part of Microsoft’s renewed interest in the Linux operating system, it is now offering a beta version of its Edge browser on Linux. The company claims that the browser will be able to operate in both the Windows and Linux environments, meaning that if you use Linux to access your Windows computer you will be able to view your Internet pages in Chrome, as well as using the Windows default browser, Firefox, and other Microsoft programs, such as Outlook. Of course if you want to get the most out of the software, you’ll probably need a real Linux system to get the full experience, and then you may also want to use Chrome on your Windows system. But for those who have a reasonably powerful Linux machine, this will provide a relatively easy way to browse the web, especially with the Chromium based version of Microsoft’s browser.
Microsoft’s Edge web browser offers a wide variety of customization options, including its ability to use themes from the Windows program and its browser’s own theme store. This allows you to design your browser to fit your personal style, allowing you to get the exact look and feel you’re used to when surfing the web. This means that if you prefer to use a light theme or prefer to have more advanced controls and features included in the browser, you can still do so with the Microsoft Edge browser.
In addition to offering the Edge beta to those using Linux computers, Microsoft is also currently offering another browser, called WebKit, which runs on the Mac platform and uses the Linux kernel. WebKit offers similar customization options as Edge does, but unlike Edge, WebKit will also support multiple browser profiles. This means that you can have a separate profile for browsing in Windows and a separate profile for browsing in Mac OS X. Although many Linux users prefer to use Chromium as their web browser, it’s possible to get quite a bit more functionality out of WebKit, such as Flash support.
Although Microsoft has already made it fairly easy for users to switch between Windows and Linux using its Edge browser, there are still a few things that you’ll need to do if you want to have an actual Windows experience using Microsoft’s new browser. The first thing to do is to go to Microsoft’s official site, click on the link below and enter the product key. From there you can choose “Add-on Manager” and then follow the prompts. The next step is to click on “Browser Extras”, and you can then install various third-party software to help you get the most out of Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft Edge isn’t the only browser that’s coming to Linux in the near future. Mozilla’s Firefox also has a beta version on Linux, although it will be some time before the software is available as a fully-functional option. Microsoft’s betas are a good way to get a taste of what’s available, while developers work on making the final version a viable option.