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This week's Edge Dev build is out, Micosoft announced today. It brings the version number to 91.0.838.3, and there's a lot that's new.

First of all, you can now sign in with a Microsoft account on Linux, something that was there before but is now turned on by default. That means that you'll finally be able to sync things like your favorites, passwords, and more. If you're using the browser on Linux, this is a big deal.

There are some minor new features as well. The PDF mini menu is getting new options; when you highlight a word, you'll see the choice to search for it or to get the definition. You can also now open Favorites and History management pages by accessing them from the top of their context menus.

Now, the first beta of Edge on Linux is here. The new release comes ready to run on Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE Linux distributions. It should run on any Linux using DEB or RPM packaging. Hi, I tried to install Edge using the command line instructions, and also by double clicking on a downloaded debian installer package, and both installs failed. This is using a Raspberry Pi 400 running the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS, which I believe is based on Debian. The command line inst.

  • Microsoft Edge is now available for Linux. Microsoft announced the launch in a blog post today, noting that testers can now try it out as part of the Microsoft Edge Insider Dev channel.
  • Ever since Satya Nadella took over at Microsoft, the company has moved closer to the open-source community - the company is now the single largest contributor to open-source, and has brought Microsoft products like Teams and its Edge browser to Linux-based operating systems like Ubuntu, Fedora.

You can now control whether sleeping tabs appear faded, just in case you don't even want to know if a tab isn't doing anything. There's also a new notification for if you try to install a PWA that's already installed from a different profile.

And of course, there are a bunch of fixes and known issues. Here's what got fixed for improved reliability:

  • Fixed a crash on startup that occurs if Edge has allowed websites to send desktop notifications.
  • Fixed an issue on Mac where Kids Mode sometimes crashes on launch.
  • Fixed an issue where videos on Netflix sometimes fail to play with error D7353.
  • Fixed an issue where copying text out of Information Protected PDFs causes a crash.
  • Fixed a browser crash when entering Kids mode.
  • Fixed an issue where clicking the … menu in PWAs or websites installed as apps crashes the browser.
  • Fixed a crash when navigating to file: URLs.
  • Fixed an issue where the Web Widget won’t load and just shows that “Something went wrong”.
  • Fixed an issue where the Web Widget sometimes fails to open if Edge isn’t already open.
  • Fixed an issue where the browser uses too much memory the longer it’s open.

Here's what's fixed for changed behavior:

  • Fixed an issue where the F12 Dev Tools Console is sometimes completely blank.
  • Fixed an issue where IE mode tabs appear to never wake up from being asleep, even when they’re clicked on.
  • Fixed an issue where the table of contents in some PDFs are blank.
  • Fixed an issue where Settings pages sometimes don’t load or are blank.
  • Fixed an issue where opening certain HTML files in IE mode fails.
  • Fixed an issue where certain interactions with the vertical tabs pane fail when the Find on Page popup is open.
  • Fixed an issue where downloads are sometimes initiated without prompting the user beforehand even though a prompt is expected.
  • Fixed an issue on Mac where scrolling doesn’t behave properly, especially when using the keyboard.
  • Fixed an issue where a notification is shown to restart Edge in order to install an update, even though there’s no update available to install.
  • Fixed an issue where importing data from other browsers sometimes fails.
  • Fixed an issue where portions of the Web Widget sometimes becomes invisible when switching browser profiles or themes.
  • Fixed an issue where certain portions of webpages sometimes don’t render or work properly.
  • Fixed an issue where permission prompts from certain websites appear too small or cut off.
  • Fixed an issue where the Shopping flyout sometimes doesn’t open.
  • Fixed an issue where vertical tabs sometimes forget their collapse state after toggling between vertical and horizontal mode.

Finally, here's what's still broken:

  • Certain extensions such as the Microsoft Editor extension don’t work on Linux. As soon as they’re installed, they crash and are disabled. We’re currently investigating.
  • Users of certain ad blocking extensions may experience playback errors on Youtube. As a workaround, temporarily disabling the extension should allow playback to proceed. See this help article for more details.
  • Some users are still running into an issue where all tabs and extensions immediately crash with a STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH error. The most common cause of this error is outdated security or antivirus software from vendors like Symantec, and in those cases, updating that software will fix it.
  • Users of the Kaspersky Internet Suite who have the associated extension installed may sometimes see webpages like Gmail fail to load. This failure is due to the main Kaspersky software being out of date, and is thus fixed by making sure the latest version is installed.
  • Some users are still seeing favorites get duplicated. This issue should be reduced now that automatic deduplication has been introduced into Insider channels, but we’re still rolling that out in Stable. We’ve also seen duplication happen when running the manual deduplicator on multiple machines before either machine has a chance to fully sync its changes, so make sure to leave plenty of time in between runs of the deduplicator.
  • Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off by disabling the edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling flag.

As usual, this update will be installed automatically, but if you just can't wait, you can go to Settings -> About Microsoft Edge to manually grab it.

When Microsoft announced plans to rebase its Edge browser on Chromium the chance of a dedicated Linux build went from pipe-dream to inevitability.

Chromium’s cross-platform codebase makes it the ideal foundation on which to build out a modern web browser. Three years since rumours first began swirling, Microsoft Edge for Linux is not only confirmed but it’s almost ready for testing.

Being the impatient sort we installed the Microsoft Edge Developer build on Ubuntu 20.10. This post will stop short of being a “review” per se (you’ll hear throughout this post: this is not a stable build) but I’ve included lots of screenshots and some general thoughts about how well the browser integrates with the default Ubuntu desktop.

Microsoft Edge for Linux Developer Build

Did I ever think I’d be writing a post about Microsoft’s flagship web browser being available for Linux? Heck no! And yet, here we are!

Many teeth have been gnashed over the point and purpose of a Microsoft-made web browser on a Linux platform. Some see Edge’s arrival as the latest bouquet in Microsoft’s blooming relationship with Linux and all things open source, but others? Well, they smell suspicion…

For their part Microsoft says its “motive” in bringing Edge to Linux is simply about making its technologies and services available to more users. Yes, even if they don’t run its Windows software (which is, after all, just one product/service in its portfolio).

Microsoft’s heavy presence in business, enterprise, and (increasingly) developer communities also plays a part. People who have to use Microsoft services at work get the chance to use the tech they’re familiar with and/or sync’d up with at home, on their Linux laptop, if they want.

But is there anything to interest casual Linux users too?

Edge Linux

Edge is more than a Chrome clone; Microsoft had imbued Edge with custom touches and novel feature integrations. While many of these may sound superfluous to power-users they do, on other systems, round out the browser’s feature set.

Or to put it another way: Edge is a mass-market, all-user browser. It’s not aimed exclusively at any one audience, be that web developers, power users, or computer noobs.

So some of its “Added Value” may sound minor, trivial, or frivolous. Take Collections, for instance. This is essential just a souped-up bookmarking tool that lets you save content — not just web links — directly to the browser for future use.

You can create multiple collections in Edge, rename them, add notes to them, and export all of that data to other services (or copy of the links to the system clipboard).

On to integration. The Edge app launcher in the Ubuntu Dock does have a small right-click quicklist. This offers fast access to options to open a new window, a new incognito window, or quit the browser.

Sadly the Edge browser (like other Chromium browsers) does not use the system title/window bar by default. Edge draws its own window bar on Linux, with its own window control icons.

While the pale-grey bar Edge wears is not terribly distracting (unlike Vivaldi’s gaudy red window frame) some kind of GTK inheriting/colour detection (even if only an option) would be welcomed, I’m sure.

And Microsoft Account sync does not work in this build — but if you read this site regularly that will not be a surprise.

The good news is that many of Edge’s other features — yes, snarkypants, it does have some! — are present.

We’ve already touched on Collections, but there’s also an ‘immersive reader’ mode; integration with Bing; optional dark mode; web screenshot tool; and a variety of different New Tab page layouts (ranging from cluttered to calm);

You can install Chrome extensions on Edge easily. The first time you visit the Chrome Web Store using the browser it asks if you want to enable Chrome extension installs.

While I can’t vouch for the entirety of Chrome’s extension catalogue, all of the extensions I tried (yes, including the omg! ubuntu! one) worked as expected, as you can see above!

For an early version of Edge for Linux the browser feels fairly robust. It didn’t crash once during my test. Everything I asked of it, it did. From HD YouTube playback, to translating a Portuguese web page, to letting me play web games.

The app is fast to open and responsive in use. If Microsoft can maintain the friction-free feel it could win some new fans. Firefox isn’t slow, but a Chromium-based backend just feels so much faster in use (to me, anyhow).

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Want to try things out for yourself? We have a guide on how to install Edge on Ubuntu.

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It’s not yet clear when Edge for Linux will go stable, but Microsoft has formally announced that it’s in developer preview. You can Linux builds on this Microsoft repo page.

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If you jump on Edge for some early-bird testing just keep in mind that it is development software. It’s not finished. It’s not stable. Heck, it’s not even fully functional. Ergo, don’t get irate about any issues you encounter!