A year after the release of the first preliminary version of its Chromium-based Edge browser for Linux, Microsoft is announcing its general availability. The new version supports a variety of Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE. Microsoft announced the Linux on Edge availability milestone on day one of its Ignite IT pro conference.
With the release of Edge for Linux on the “stable” (consumer user) channel, Edge is now available on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux.
As it did when introducing the new Edge on macOS, Microsoft has positioned Edge on Linux more as an offering for IT pros and developers who want to test websites than as a browser for users. “normal” on these platforms. However, any user on any supported platform can use the new Edge.
ZDNet resident Linux expert Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (somewhat surprisingly) gave the first test release for Edge for Linux a boost.
In other Ignite browser news, Microsoft announces a tool to help businesses exit Internet Explorer before it is no longer supported on most versions of Windows on June 15, 2022. The new tool Cloud Site List Management allows customers to store their organization’s site list in a “compliant cloud location” rather than on-premises. Microsoft officials have said that users can create, import, and export site lists, as well as review changes to site list entries through the Microsoft 365 admin center. Multiple site lists can be published in the cloud and group policies can be used to assign different lists to different groups of devices.