If some time ago we said that Microsoft was going to release its web browser for Linux, we would be crazy. But fortunately, times have changed and now Microsoft is different. You can install its popular web browser Microsoft Edge Browser on Ubuntu without any problem and the process is easier than you might think.
Microsoft Edge is the browser that Windows incorporated into its Windows 10 operating system to replace Internet Explorer. This browser unlike its predecessor has some features that make it much more striking and intuitive to handle. In addition to all this, it is based on Chromium which makes it gain in speed and functionality.
As the main feature, we have that it is very well integrated with Windows but also with Microsoft accounts such as Outlook or OneNote. This way it can be convenient in many cases.
Now we can install it in Ubuntu 20.04 through some steps. Although in Linux we have many options like Firefox, Google Chrome, Vivaldi, or Opera, the truth is that it is never bad to have another alternative.
From Microsoft, the website is distributed a DEB package with which we can install Edge. To do this, you have to visit the download section through this link
On the site that will appear you will have for now the only option to download the package belonging to the dev-channel. This implies that it is in a fairly early stage of development but it is perfectly usable.
Once you click on the Download button, you will have to accept the license terms to start the download.
After that, you can install it graphically, by opening your file browser and double-clicking on the package.
Another alternative is to use the terminal. Although this method is faster and even more efficient, it can be a bit tricky for newbies because it will change according to the latest version.
So, at the time of creating this post, to download the file with the
wget command, run:
wget -c https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge/pool/main/m/microsoft-edge-dev/microsoft-edge-dev_91.0.831.1-1_amd64.deb
Then, you can install it by simply running
sudo apt install ./microsoft-edge-dev_91.0.831.1-1_amd64.deb
Once the process is finished, you can run it from the main menu like any other system application.
Once you run the application, you will be shown a screen welcoming you to the application. Also in that same screen you will be able to send statistics of use to Microsoft to gather data to improve the application.
Then, you will be able to enjoy the browser having the option to customize the welcome screen.
And after this, you will be welcomed to the Microsoft Dev Channel program and you will be able to use the web browser.
If you no longer wish to use Microsoft Edge, you can uninstall it without any problem from the terminal.
To do this, just run the following command:
sudo apt remove microsoft-edge-dev
After entering your password, the whole process will start. In the end, there will be no trace of the application.
Microsoft Edge is the web browser for Windows 10 and recently it is also available for Ubuntu. And although we have many options for not needing it, it is also true that the more options there are the better for the user. In addition to this, we see a change in Microsoft’s policy towards Linux that is to be welcomed.