Microsoft Edge Roadmap: History Sync This Summer, Linux Support

Microsoft revealed the roadmap for Edge Chromium, featuring the History Sync feature that is coming this summer. Also, it reveals that Linux support on its way to users.

The published roadmap includes two interesting new features that may appear in the browser.  The ability to navigate a PDF via a table of contents is now under review, and the tab preview feature from Edge Legacy is now in discussion. As 'in review' and 'in discussion' suggest, neither is a commitment to actually building out the features.

In February 2020, Edge will get the following features:

  • Favorites sync issues, including sync not working, deleted favorites reappearing, and favorites being duplicated
  • Enable sync of installed browser extensions between devices
  • Option to set a custom photo as the New Tab Page background photo
  • Need for better handling of links when there is more than one profile

At Summer 2020, Edge will get History synchronization between devices and Edge instances.

  • Enable sync of browsing history between devices

Finally, there is a list of planned features without dates of planned implementation. It includes:

  • Edge cannot find devices to cast media
  • Make Edge available on Linux
  • Support read aloud of PDF files
  • Provide option to keep specific cookies when choosing to clear browsing data on close
  • Provide an option to add a share button to the tool bar
  • Add the ability to ink on web pages
  • Touchpad two-finger scrolling is sometimes triggering a right click instead
  • Provide different options for sorting favorites
  • Support themes from the Chrome Web Store
  • Provide an option to prevent auto-play of video and audio when you open a website

Sadly, 'Make Edge available on Linux' is in that list.

The full list can be found HERE.


Microsoft recently released the first stable version of Microsoft Edge Chromium to the public. Surprisingly, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium.

Interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.

For pre-release versions, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android.


Actual Edge versions

The actual versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:

You will find many Edge tricks and features covered in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

Thanks to Neowin

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1 thought on “Microsoft Edge Roadmap: History Sync This Summer, Linux Support

  1. Lee

    Why did you write this at the end?
    “Sadly, ‘Make Edge available on Linux’ is in that list.”
    Linux is fast, secure, and easy to use.
    Windows is a security nightmare, it’s like Swiss Cheese with all the security holes.
    If Windows got rid of it’s registry, the easily accessed system32 folder, made it so that the OS is on a secured partition it would be so much safer. Oh wait, then it would be Linux if you did those things.

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