Microsoft's Edge browser coming to Linux in preview in October

Today, Microsoft announced that its Chromium-based Edge browser is coming to Linux next month, something that's been in the works for a while. The firm first showed it coming on a slide at Build 2019, only to backtrack and say that the team is simply considering it. The news was confirmed at Ignite that year.

There's actually more than one reason that Microsoft wanted to bring Edge to Linux. One is that it really wants to bring web developers on-board, and a lot of developers use Linux. Another is that it simply wants to support its new browser wherever Chromium is supported, and this is the last stop to doing that.

The download pages have been live for some time with the browser listed as coming soon, so when it's available in preview next month, you'll be able to get it here. Presumably, it will initially be available in Canary and Dev channels, as that's how new platforms have historically started off with Edge.

Microsoft also announced some Edge improvements for editing PDFs. You'll now be able to view and validate certificate-based digital signatures, so you can see that the document hasn't been tampered with. Users will also be able to add notes to PDFs, and interactive tables of contents will work in the PDF viewer. All of these features are coming in October. The company is also adding a way to search work files, by typing 'work' into the URL bar; this feature is available now.

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