Microsoft confirms Chromium Edge’s release date and Linux plans

Microsoft confirms Chromium Edge's release date and Linux plans

Microsoft confirms Chromium Edge’s release date and Linux plans

Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser now has a release date, January 15th 2020. This is when the browser will exit its beta and become available outside of beta. 

At this time of writing, Microsoft’s Edge browser beta is available on macOS, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows Server. Beyond that, Microsoft has confirmed that the browser is coming to Linux, though at this time the browser’s Linux version has no release date, inside or outside of beta. 

Moving forward, Microsoft also plans to create an ARM64 version of the browser, which will improve the browser’s performance on Windows on ARM devices and enable the browser to be ported to mobile-focused OS’ like iOS and Android. 

Microsoft doesn’t want this new version of Edge to be Windows-only, far from it. Microsoft wants consumers to use this OS, which means widespread availability is a must. Google’s Chrome browser owes a lot of its success to inter-OS operability. 
   

Microsoft confirms Chromium Edge's release date and Linux plans  

So has hell frozen over? No, this is a further sign that Microsoft sees the future of its software outside of Windows. No, that doesn’t mean that Windows will be abandoned, just that Microsoft knows that they can access a wider audience by catering to users of other operating systems.

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