As we eagerly wait for the release of Microsoft’s Chromium powered Edge browser, more details of the product are coming out on a regular basis. While we will have to wait to find out if Microsoft can finally make its presence felt in the browser market, Microsoft engineers revealed that the browser might come to Linux sometime in the future.
The engineers’ latest comment came during a recent Reddit AMA session where the team talked about the upcoming Edge browser. During the session, they confirmed that Microsoft isn’t developing a browser for Linux but haven’t ruled it out. At the moment, the team is busy finishing the browser for the platforms it will come out during release.
During the AMA, one member said, “We don’t have any technical blockers to keep us from creating Linux binaries, and it’s definitely something we’d like to do down the road. That being said, there is still work to make them “customer ready” (installer, updaters, user sync, bug fixes, etc.) and something we are proud to give to you, so we aren’t quite ready to commit to the work just yet.”
“Right now, we are super focused on bringing stable versions of Edge first to other versions of Windows (as well as macOS), and then releasing our Beta channels.”
While we will have to see if Linux gets the browser, the team also revealed that they are yet to decide on whether or not implement Google’s recent API changes which will make the current ad-blockers useless. However, if there are enough interests from the users, Microsoft will consider providing a built-in adblocking tool with the browser.
This latest news comes as Microsoft recently revealed that user experience and privacy are the key design factors of the upcoming browser. While we will have to wait to find out more, the company said that it will automatically block autoplay of media files from websites to improve user experience.