Microsoft Edge Crosses 10% Market Share, Mobile Version Falls Flat

Microsoft’s old web browser Internet Explorer became a bit of a joke due to how slow it was, and the tech giant was long written off despite trying to revamp it as Microsoft Edge. However, once Microsoft finally admitted partial defeat and created a new version of Edge based on Chromium, its popularity began to rise. Last month, Microsoft Edge snuck past Safari in terms of popularity, with it now being the desktop browser with the second largest market share at 10.11%.

This marks the first time that Edge has had a double digit market share, with this share increasing from 9.65% last month. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the distance between it and Safari is growing. Safari’s total desktop browser market share was around 9.57% last month, just 0.08 points behind Microsoft, but this month it dropped to 9.16% which suggests that Microsoft’s second place spot might be secure for now.

In spite of the fact that this is the case, Edge has seen a rather miserable adoption rate among mobile users. Edge’s mobile version barely sees any usage, which brings its total market share across all device types a meager 3.99%. Safari, however, has a solid 24.77% market share among mobile users, which brings its overall market share for all form factors just over 19% or 19.03% to be precise.

Chrome continues to be the dominant player in the browser industry, with relatively consistent market shares across the board with all things having been considered and taken into account. Its share of desktop browsers is 66.1%, 64.83% for mobile devices, and 64.91% overall. This means that Chrome’s dominance is likely going to continue, and while Microsoft has made some progress with Edge on desktop its mobile version is barely even visible. Microsoft might not be trying to enter the smartphone browser market though, instead trying to build a desktop product since that is what its core operating system product is meant for as well so the two go well together.

H/T: StatsCounter
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