Microsoft Edge nearly toppled a major rival in the desktop browser war
The browser wars continue to rage unabated as the latest numbers put Microsoft Edge poised to overtake Apple’s Safari offering for desktop market share.
According to data from web analytics service StatCounter, Microsoft Edge is now used on 9.54% of desktop computers worldwide, just behind Safari at 9.84%.
As you might have guessed, Google Chrome still holds the top spot at 65.38%, with competitor Mozilla Firefox lagging behind at 9.18%.
Microsoft Edge or Safari?
While Edge is catching up with Safari worldwide, in North America it’s a different story, as Apple’s browser is used on 16.87% of desktops, down from 11.93% market share. for Edge.
In Europe and Asia however, Edge has already overtaken Safari at 10.9% and 7.46% respectively with Apple’s browser used on 9.95% of desktops in Europe and only 5.41% in Asia.
Since Safari is the default browser on Apple’s iPhone and iPad, it has a 26.71% mobile market share worldwide, which pales in comparison to the 62.06% share of Chrome market on iOS and Android.
Although Microsoft Edge has been downloaded more than 10 million times on the Google Play Store and the app has 4.6 stars on the Apple App Store, the browser does not even appear in the market share rankings. mobile from StatCounter.
Edge Legacy vs. Chromium Edge
While Chromium-based Edge was released in 2020, Microsoft initially created Edge Legacy for Windows 10 and the company’s replacement for Internet Explorer was unveiled in 2015. Prior to that, it was known by its codename “Spartan” in reference to Halo’s Master Chief.
Even though Edge Legacy only lasted a short time, Microsoft ported the browser to Android and iOS in 2017 and included the ability to sync the browser with Windows 10 desktops. However, in March last year , Microsoft ended support for Edge Legacy before replacing its legacy browser with Chromium-based Edge as part of a monthly cumulative security update.
After the release of its brand new Edge browser, the software giant has continued to update it with new features and functionality including vertical tabs, collections, web capture, and more. These efforts may not have dethroned Chrome, but they have certainly taken market share from Safari, at least on desktop computers.
If you haven’t tried Edge yet or only have experience with Edge Legacy, there’s never been a better time to give Microsoft’s browser a try. For those who managed to snag an Xbox Series X, Edge even works on Microsoft’s console and can be used to stream games with Nvidia GeForce Now.