Chromium-Based Edge Browser Might Come to Chromebooks Via Linux

Published by Lamin Kanteh on

Chromium-based Edge Browser

Microsoft, the company whose name was once met with disgruntled within the ever eccentric Linux community has been on an adventure of self-redemption with the Open-source platform.

The displeasure aimed towards the Redmond-based company from Linux die-hearts was justified. Shot callers from Microsoft weren’t big fans of Linux because of their fear that Linux will eventually chew through their massive market share.

However, Microsoft was under different management then and its sentiment towards Linux stems mostly from jealousy. Now, the makers of Windows are taking a different approach in how they perceive Linux and rather than work against it, they have recently become partners with the open-source platform.

Microsoft loves Linux

Linux now runs as a sub-system on Windows and the company even opens the source of its .Net Framework as a goodwill gesture towards a community it once shunned.

Now, Microsoft seems to be prepping Edge Browser for a full Linux release and this isn’t the edge browser that the company seemingly shoved down the throats everyone that uses a Windows computer.

This version of Edge was built atop the Blink and V8 engines that powers the Chrome browser with few personal touches that the company is hoping would set its new portal apart from Chrome.

During the software company’s recent Ignite conference –which is currently underway in Orlando, Florida– Microsoft subtly indicates a Linux release for the new Edge-Browser.

Sadly, Microsoft didn’t give a concrete date to the full release but since Chromium-based Edge is set to arrive on platforms like Windows 7,8,10 as well as macOS on January 15, 2020, it won’t be far-fetch to speculate a Linux release soon after.

Chromium-based Edge coming to Linux could potentially mean a gateway to Chrome OS either through Android apps or through Linux apps for systems that support this feature. It could also indicate a truce between two browsers that have been at war with each other.

Personally, I am curious to see how the revamped Edge browser performs — feedback from those that try it out has been great so far– and how well the once hated Linux-community received it.

Chrome OS users will have to wait for it to hit Linux or the Play Store before any attempts to have it run on their systems could be made


Lamin Kanteh

I live, breath, and dream technology. I've only known myself to push the boundaries on what's possible in my mental scope in relation to technology. And having been a writer for the good part of the past three years (covering varying subjects on the major mobile platforms), No place has ever felt more like home than Chrome OS. And as you may know, Chrome OS is ushering us into a future of the unknown and I'm here to help in the process of easing the way into that future via ItsChromeOS.

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