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Microsoft Edge for Linux has reached stable status after spending more than a year in development.
The Chromium-based web browser made its Linux debut last October before hitting beta back in May. An official stable release was pegged for an indeterminate date in the future.
— Now that date has arrived!
There’s been no official announcement from Microsoft to herald this arrival (at least, not at the time you read this). Nonetheless, Linux users can install the stable release of Microsoft Edge 95 on Ubuntu, Fedora, and other supported Linux distributions right now, no waiting required.
If you do already use Microsoft dev builds you can install the stable version from the repo you already have configured. Just open a new terminal and run the following command:
sudo apt install microsoft-edge-stable
You can differentiate between builds clearly, as the icon for non-stable versions bears a label, while the stable release does not:
If you don’t have Microsoft Edge (dev or beta) installed you will be able to download the official stable release from the official Microsoft Edge website sometime soon. Right now though, the official site still says that Linux is not supported, and the Edge Insiders website only provides Linux beta and dev installers.
Our guide on how to install Microsoft Edge on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other Ubuntu-based distros walks though the steps needed to add the Microsoft Linux repo. Alternatively, you can download the build directly using any web browser:
Mozilla Firefox is arguably the most popular web browser with Linux fans, with Google Chrome or vanilla Chromium second place. So why use Edge?
Well, those who advocate for it say it’s fast, compatible, supports Chrome extensions, and has solid privacy settings (though some of those are enabled by default so be sure to configure things to your tastes if trying it out).
Honestly, nothing Microsoft can do will ever be universally loved by Linux users. But I think having the choice to not use their browser is better than having no choice to use it at all.
If you’re a fan of Edge so let me and other readers know what you like about it down in the comments!