Microsoft’s Build 2020 developer conference accidentally leaks Edge browser running on Linux for the first time
Microsoft seems to go full Linux nowadays. We know that Microsoft will be bringing full Linux compatibility to Windows 10 with its May 2020 mega-update. But this is the first time that Microsoft Edge was spotted running on a Linux laptop. It’s notable because the Redmond-based tech giant hasn’t announced Edge running on the open-source platform yet. Therefore the leak may be accidental. Or it may be pre-planned to build hype around the Microsoft Edge for Linux release.
— Zhuowen Cui (@zhuowencui) May 19, 2020
It’s not that Microsoft Edge for Linux is a new concept. Microsoft first revealed its intentions to develop a Linux version of its browser during the Build 2019 conference. However, surprisingly, Microsoft made no mention of Edge for Linux at the Build 2020 even though it was leaked. The leak confirms that Edge for Linux really exists and could land on Linux PC/laptops by end of this year.
During Microsoft’s Build 2020 Developers conference, Microsoft announced a list of new improvements to its Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2). One of them includes support for the Linux GUI apps on the Windows desktop platform. Microsoft also demonstrated Linux GUI-based apps running directly from WSL. These enhancements should be shipped by May 26th to your Windows 10 PC/laptop if the Windows 10 May 2020 mega-update is not postponed.