Microsoft Edge overtakes Safari as second most popular browser with 10% share
Microsoft Edge is now the second most popular desktop browser with up to 10% market share. Chrome remains the number one browser with a 67% share and Apple’s Safari has fallen to third place ahead of Firefox. This is according to browser tracking company StatCounter.
The Chromium version of Edge was released in 2020, but Microsoft made the browser for Windows 10 in 2015 as a replacement for Internet Explorer. Even though Microsoft Edge Legacy was heavily promoted on Windows 10 and included cool ideas such as “Set Tabs Aside” or Tab Previews, it didn’t work.
There are many reasons why Windows 10’s default browser fails. But one big thing is how the company designed the ecosystem, including the lack of Edge add-ons and browser updates. related to annual Windows 10 feature updates.
Microsoft killed off Edge Legacy and replaced the old browser everywhere with Chromium-based Edge. After the release of its Chromium Edge, the company kept updating it with new additions. While these efforts may not be enough to win over Chrome’s loyal user base, Edge has certainly snatched market share from its rivals.
Microsoft Edge becomes second most popular desktop browser
In April 2021, Safari held a solid second place with almost 10% of the desktop browser market and Edge was in third place with 7.96%, while Firefox languished in fourth place with 7.78%.
According to the April 2022 market share report, Microsoft Edge has now surpassed 10% share in the browser market. While Google Chrome lost its 0.65 share and its coverage fell to 66.64%, Edge added 0.42 points and now holds a 10.07% share.
Safari now trails Edge with a 9.61% share, Firefox is at 7.86% and Opera has fallen to 2.43%. Edge seems to be doing quite well in the desktop landscape, but there has been no change in the mobile market where Chrome and Safari are the market leaders.
Edge is invisible on mobile platforms, and it doesn’t even appear in the top five digits of StatCounter’s browsers.
Although Edge is growing in the desktop market, it won’t beat Chrome.
If you haven’t tried Chromium Edge yet, you should definitely give Microsoft’s browser a try. It has received several improvements over the past few months and the sleep tabs feature is much more efficient now.