For the second month in a row, Microsoft Edge gained market share over Apple’s Safari, cementing its position as the second most popular web browser, but it still trails far behind Google Chrome.
The new data comes from StatCounter, which tracks web browser market share (among other things). In their latest report covering April, Edge rose from 9.65% in March to 10.07% in April, while Safari – which fell from second to third place in March – also rose slightly, from 9 .56% to 9.62%.
The biggest loser remains Mozilla Firefox, which fell from 9.47% in February to 7.57% in March, with a slight recovery to 7.87% in April. The behemoth that shrugs it all off, of course, is Google Chrome, which saw a solid increase from 64.91% in February to 67.29% in March, almost entirely at the expense of Firefox, before dipping slightly in April. at 66.58%.
Microsoft’s Edge browser has made great strides in recent years to grow its user base, especially after Microsoft rebuilt Edge around the Chromium framework, the same web engine that forms the basis of Google Chrome.
This allows many of Google Chrome’s best features, such as extensions, to also run in Microsoft Edge, while the browser boasts a level of system integration that Google Chrome can only envy.
There is no doubt that this integration in Windows 11 definitely helps to accelerate user adoption. Changing your default browser isn’t difficult, but it’s also something you should actively do, and since Windows 11 ships with Edge already set as the default browser, users are just as likely to let it roll.
Windows 11’s adoption rate has been slow, but it’s been growing. As Windows 11 adoption steadily increases, it’s likely that Edge will see some basic growth in the future, regardless of anything Microsoft does to promote it.
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Fighting for Google’s cookie crumbs
If the gains made by Edge are very real, these two browsers are still being overtaken several times by Google Chrome. In many ways, the web browser market is really up for grabs for Google. He has a dominant lead now, but also Intel after presenting its Core series processors. AMD had no answer to Intel Core processors, and so saw its steadily growing market share suddenly jump to around 15%, from a peak in the 1930s.
In 2017 however, AMD bounced back with its new Ryzen processors, and things started to change very quickly. Today, AMD competes with Intel for market share and has achieved some degree of parity in the desktop processor market.
There’s no reason the same thing can’t happen to Google Chrome. Edge has a few notable advantages over Chrome, namely that its memory management is simply better. We all know the consequences of opening too many Chrome tabs. Edge just doesn’t have as much of an issue in this regard (opening more than 200 Edge tabs is also going to lower your performance, obviously).
However, Edge’s growth wanes when it comes to mobile browsers, and it doesn’t even have enough market share on mobile to break out of the Other category on StatCounter. Here too, Chrome dominates the market with around 63% of the global market, with Safari taking up another 25% (Safari is the default browser on iPhones). Chrome and Safari are much closer to each other in tablet market share, 47% to 38%, respectively, with Edge accounting for just 0.27%.
Even if the Redmond giant continues its efforts to compete with Google in the browser wars and makes additional gains, it still has a lot of work to do.