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Microsoft Edge Is the Second Largest Browser Worldwide, After Safari

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Microsoft Edge exceeds Apple’s Safari in being the desktop browser 

Microsoft Edge has officially exceeded Apple’s Safari in being the world’s second most popular desktop browser, according to web analytics firm StatCounter. The Edge user base has climbed up very fast since the release of Windows 11. That’s what helped to take it above Safari and keep it there since March 2022. Now, Microsoft Edge holds a 10.07% market share, according to StatCounter. It’s just slightly ahead of Safari at 9.961%. Google’s Chrome is undoubtedly the top web browser on desktops. It has a market share of 64%. The next one below Safari is Firefox. The market share of Firefox dropped from 9.47% in February to just 7.86% three months later.

Microsoft Edge goes beyond the world’s second-largest browser, Safari 

The rising of Edge 

The ongoing rise of Edge is noticeable. It came in 2015. Initially, they built on a proprietary browser engine that Microsoft developed. The new browser replaced the old internet explorer which can make some of us nostalgic. But the replacement was the most awaited one. The new browser helped us get rid of Internet Explorer. But users couldn’t find the original version of Microsoft Edge so well. After three years, it was built again on the same Chromium code as Google’s Chrome browser. Making Edge the default web browser in Windows 11 now seems to be a very sharp-witted decision.

Edge still has the potential to come up 

That’s why Edge couldn’t be so popular on other devices. For instance, its market share is almost non-existent in mobile. Google Chrome is the dominant browser with a 63.57% market share and the iOS version of Safari has a 24.82%. Edge crosses both Chrome and Safari across all platforms. Chrome consists of 64.36% whereas Safari takes up 13% with the edge taking up only a 4.07%. Again, Firefox makes up the top four with 3.41%.

But still, Edge has the potential to receive more market share with the slow adoption of Windows 11 in consideration. According to some reports, many desktops and laptops still run on  Windows 10. As more and more will switch they’ll be taking Edge as their default browser.

Users complaining about Safari 

There have been many complaints regarding Safari. In recent years, some users reported bugs, user experience, and website compatibility. This caused Apple’s Safari team to ask for feedback regarding improvement. Last year, at WWDC Apple, introduced a radical redesign of its browser, but the changes were met with derision. Eventually, Apple rolled many of them back before releasing the final version to the public in September.

With the likes of Brave, Vivaldi, and DuckDuckGo in its rearview mirror, Apple is likely to be cautious about making such substantial changes in future versions of its native browser. This may lead to a focus on bug fixes and performance improvements instead.


1. What is the usage percentage of various browsers?

According to the data, Microsoft Edge is now used on 10.07 percent of desktop computers worldwide, 0.46 percent ahead of Safari, 9.61 percent. Google Chrome remains in first place with a dominant 66.64 percent share, and Mozilla’s Firefox stands in fourth with 7.86 percent.

2. What’s the data analysis for mobile browsers?

In StatCounter’s analysis, Edge doesn’t even make it into the top six browsers on mobile, but first-placed Chrome commands 62.87 of usage share, with Safari on iPhones and iPads taking a comfortable 25.35 percent in second place, 20.65 percent ahead of third-placed Samsung Internet, with 4.9 percent.

For more details and updates visit themarketactivity.com.

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