Five months have passed since Microsoft Edge was released on Linux and it is finally possible to use one of the most essential functions of any web browser worth its salt, especially in the present case: the data synchronization between different devices. If you are one of those who use Microsoft Edge on Linux, but especially on Windows, and you were waiting for this update to make your life easier, you already have it at your fingertips.
It should be remembered that the state of Microsoft Edge on Linux is still that of a development version: it is not clear when the stable version will be released, but this is undoubtedly a step in that direction, since at the level of features the browser already offered the main thing, including also the news that are being integrated into the development channel for Windows and macOS. However, you will have to do something on your part to activate the synchronization.
Basically you need to update to the latest version of Microsoft Edge (whose repository you should have added to the system, if you installed it following the official method) and enable the synchronization function through the advanced preferences of the browser, the same as in any derivative of Chromium, although there are some that are common to all and there are specific ones according to the derivative, as in this case. We explain how is it done.
Enter in the address bar:
And filter in the search engine:
Activate the option, restart the browser and you will be able to log in with your Microsoft account to start the synchronization. As with most browsers, Microsoft Edge on Linux will allow you to synchronize data such as bookmarks, history, passwords, and others. Once you have entered your username and password, you can choose to sync everything or manually discard options as you prefer.
For now, yes, you can only use one Microsoft current user account to log in and use synchronization. As it is also a non-stable version that can cause problems -although it is not mentioned that there is a risk of data loss-, keep this in mind and if you see that the browser has any mismatch, check the list of mitigations recommended by the developers ( previous link).
Little more to add. Synchronization was an indispensable feature for Microsoft Edge on Linux, because the greatest attraction of this browser is the functionalities linked to Microsoft services. That is, the niche of users the company is targeting already uses Windows and most likely also uses Microsoft Edge on Android. Otherwise, in Linux there are sufficient alternatives and of equal quality.
But there is no denying that, phobias -some with more than enough foundation- apart, Microsoft is working hard with Edge and not a week goes by without news being announced… Quite interesting in general.