Microsoft Edge beats Safari and Firefox to become second only to Chrome on desktop systems
Microsoft’s Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser topped the market in 10% usage share on desktop systems in April 2022 according to Statcounter; that means it’s right behind Google Chrome, which still dominates usage sharing stats.
Statcounter’s global browser market share saw Edge cross the 10% mark for the first time since its introduction. Microsoft’s browser has a 10.07% usage share of the global desktop browser market according to Statcounter statistics.
Google Chrome leads the pack with a 66.64% share. The browsers that follow in third, fourth, fifth and sixth place are Safari, with 9.61%, Firefox with 7.86%, Opera, with 2.43% and Internet Explorer, with 0.97% of browser share. Office.
Edge’s desktop share fell from 8.03% a year ago on desktop systems to 10.07%. Usage shares haven’t changed much from the other top 5 browsers. Safari lost half a percentage, Firefox remained stable but it seems to have lost some of the gains it had made throughout from last year. Browsers in the other category have seen usage decline, but Statcounter doesn’t reveal to what extent.
One explanation for Microsoft Edge’s increased usage share on desktop systems is that it’s the default Windows 11 web browser. Microsoft is pushing Edge to desktop systems, and the retirement of Internet Explorer 11 next month could give Edge another slight push.
While Edge works well on desktop systems, it doesn’t work as well on mobile devices. Statcounter did not list Edge as a browser in its sixth top. Google Chrome leads with 62.87% of the usage share, thanks to the company’s dominating grip on the Android ecosystem. Safari is at 25.35%, Samsung Internet at 4.7%, Opera at 1.83% and UC Browser at 1.36% of mobile browser usage share.
Microsoft’s dilemma is the lack of a mobile operating system. Google and Apple have cornered the market, and only certain browsers, which are not created by the two big players, have managed to gain a significant share of the market.
A look at the combined stats for desktop and mobile usage shows that Chrome once again leads the pack with a usage share of 64.36%. Apple’s Safari browser follows with 19.13% and Microsoft Edge ranks third with 4.07% of the overall market. Firefox, Samsung Internet and Opera with 3.41%, 2.84% and 2.07% respectively rank fourth, fifth and sixth.
Chrome is fairly stable at the top which may surprise some as browsers such as Vivaldi, Brave, Firefox and even Edge have more to offer. It seems unlikely that Microsoft Edge, or any other desktop browser, will soon overtake Google Chrome.
Now you: what is your favorite browser at the moment?