Microsoft Edge just became the second most used desktop browser
It has just beaten Safari in market share… but fair.
Long gone are the days of users deriding Microsoft’s browsers as glorified download managers for Chrome or Firefox. The software giant just proved it still has it after Microsoft Edge overtook Safari to take second place.
Microsoft Edge is now number two (on desktops)
Neowin spotted the monumental change to Statcounter, which displays the ranking of every desktop browser in the global market.
The chart shows that in March 2022, Edge managed to take over Safari as the number two desktop browser. His lead is not much; Edge managed to grab 9.65% market share, while Safari is at 9.56%.
However, there’s a good chance this won’t be a temporary shake-up, as Microsoft Edge was set to overtake Safari in February 2022. And it looks like Safari’s loss of users and Edge’s gain is ultimately got to the point where the latter finally overtook.
And as good as it sounds, remember that this chart only covers the desktop browser market. When you do the same search but with tablets, phones, and console browsers included, Safari moves up to second place with 18.84% of the market, compared to Edge’s 4.05%.
Microsoft has finally taken the leap
So why are people flocking to Edge? As we explained in February, this is likely because Edge has become a more advanced browser since its release, or because of the way Windows 11 forces users to open system-related links in Edge. .. or maybe a mix of both.
However, Microsoft should celebrate this victory with Edge as much as possible, because the same cannot really be said for its new operating system. Windows 11 growth has plateaued recently and could stay that way for a long time, so we’ll likely see Edge mothballed as Microsoft tries to entice more people to upgrade from Windows 10.
Microsoft is back in the navigation business
After Internet Explorer lagged for many years, Microsoft must be thrilled to see Edge’s further growth and beat the competition. We’ll just have to wait and see if the browser can hold onto that title for a long time.
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