Microsoft Edge has been gaining more and more users, although many still doubt about the fluidity of the browser, as they remember the headaches caused by the old Internet Explorer. To be honest, so far Microsoft didn’t have a great reputation for web browsers.
Fortunately, the company realized this and improved its new web browser, making it much more like Chrome. Edge is built from the ground up using Chromium’s open-source, the same one on which Google’s browser is based. Part of the acceptance is due to the fact that Microsoft pushed the new update to all Windows 10 computers. That’s why in this article we will tell you how to install Microsoft Edge on Chromebook.
Microsoft Edge Features
If you’ve decided to switch to Microsoft Edge, first of all, it’s important to know everything it has to offer and what the main features of the browser are:
- It is installed by default on all Windows-based devices.
- It offers integrated tracking prevention and a potentially unwanted program blocker.
- It is a Chromium-based browser that uses, by default, blink’s browser engine.
- It has a wide range of extensions available in the Microsoft Store but tends to prioritize larger developers, making smaller developer extensions difficult to find.
- It’s compatible with Google Chrome extensions, so you can install them from the Chrome Web Store.
- Lack of backward compatibility with Internet Explorer limits the number of extensions available.
- The default home page is a Bing search box with Microsoft News content.
- It is also available for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Android, with support for Linux.
What to keep in mind to install Microsoft Edge on a Chromebook
The first thing you need to know is that Chromebooks are designed to run Google Chrome, however, with new Linux support you can install other browsers. Of course, this would apply to be able to use Microsoft Edge on one of Google laptops. That said, the first thing you’ll need to do is enable Linux on your device, if you haven’t already activated it, you can do so by following these steps:
- Enter the Settings menu.
- Locate and select the Linux (Beta) option in the sidebar.
- Then click Activate.
- Now, click on the Next option.
- Choose a username.
- Decide how much space in your internal storage you want to dedicate to the app.
- To finish, click Install.
Install Microsoft Edge on Chromebook
Now it’s time to install the Microsoft browser on your Chromebook, and to complete the process you just need to do the following:
- Open your Google Chrome browser and visit the Microsoft Edge download website
- Click the blue Download button.
- Then, in the pop-up window, select the OK and Continue option.
- Now double-click and run the file that your Chromebook just downloaded, and then select the Install option.
- You’ll see a window appear confirming that the installation was successful.
- *Now, simply open the Linux application folder under the App Drawer and click on Microsoft Edge.
Choosing a browser will likely be reduced to personal preferences related to each person’s use cases. But one thing is for sure, you should not stop trying the new Microsoft browser, as it is definitely worth trying.