Microsoft Browsers Can't Keep Up with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Statcounter Browser usage share

Firefox now has more desktop users than both Microsoft's web browsers combined - but it's a rivalry that is increasingly irrelevant as Google Chrome has nearly twice the share of Firefox and Microsoft together.

But, of course, in the long and storied history of the browser wars, there was once a time where Internet Explorer ruled the Internet and Chrome was barely a noticeable blip in the market.

Google Chrome is now the most popular desktop browser according to all the major web analytics companies. That's up from 53 percent last April. It even appears that users of Windows 10, the most recent Microsoft operating system that was designed specifically to work with Edge, would rather not use it.

Firefox has gingerly pulled ahead of Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Edge browsers for the first time across the globe.

Internet Explorer and Edge dropped from 16.6 percent in February to 15.5 percent in April while Mozilla Firefox declined from 16.1 percent in the second month of the year (when it was still the third most used browser worldwide) to 15.6 percent last month, thus taking over Microsoft's place.

Experts point out that there are various reasons why Edge has failed to catch on.

However, we can probably expect Microsoft's market share to rise when Edge picks up with the introduction of extensions and other missing features (including stuff like web notifications) which are due to land with the Anniversary Update this summer. In just three months, the Samsung Internet browser has captured 5.1 percent of the mobile market, more than three times the share of Microsoft's Internet Explorer Mobile.

At the tail end of Statcounter's list are Apple and Opera. Chrome stands way ahead and only continues to grow at the expense of others, something that can perhaps in part be attributed to it's interoperability across various platforms and it's close association with Google and it's subsidiaries.

Firefox has managed to surpass Internet Explorer/Edge browser for the month ending April 2016. Google's browser had a usage share 1.5 percent higher in April compared to February, rising to 60.5 percent from 59 percent.



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