In context: Remember when Microsoft’s Edge had a popularity issue? That began to change as it switched to a Chromium-based version, replacing Firefox as the second most popular desktop browser after Chrome last year. It is a pattern that continues.
The NetMarketShares 2020 report showed that Edge’s 7.59% desktop market share pushed it past Firefox in March last year. Now another analytics company – StatCounter (via Windows Latest) – reports that Edge has added users in recent months as Firefox’s user base shrinks.
Although the data does not show that Firefox users have gone to Edge, we see that Microsoft’s browser has seen its market share jump from 7.81
StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share
Edge’s gain in users has not secured the second position. That credit goes to Safari, which now has a 10.11% share, although the number has dropped since December, so Edge could catch up soon enough.
Like Windows 7, it seems that some people have trouble letting go of the now discontinued Internet Explorer. It has a share of 1.7% which is declining very slowly.
The data is for the desktop market only. If we look at all platforms – desktop, tablet and mobile – iPhones and iPads make Safari’s second place more secure with a share of 19.03%, while Firefox is ahead of Edge, albeit only 0.23%.
Last month, we heard that a bug in the ‘Startup boost’ feature, which increases Edge’s launch time by keeping key processes in the background when the browser is not open, prevented it from closing, and borking system performance.