Microsoft Edge takes 2nd place from Apple’s Safari in desktop browser race
Microsoft Edge clinched second place in the desktop browser race, beating out Apple’s Safari browser, according to new data collected by web analytics service StatCounter.
According to data collected by StatCounter, Microsoft Edge is now used on 10.07% of desktop computers worldwide, or 0.46% ahead of Safari, which sits at 9.61%. Google Chrome remains in first place with a dominant 66.64% share of the stock, and Mozilla’s Firefox is in fourth place with 7.86%.
Edge has benefited from being the default browser in Windows 11, as its popularity has grown in recent months. In January 2021, Safari held a market share of 10.38%, indicating a gradual slide in popularity over the past 14 months.
While first-place Chrome has seen its user numbers continue to grow over the same period, Firefox has been losing users since the start of the year, and it doesn’t appear to be a threat to third-place. of Safari.
The browser war on mobile platforms is another story, since Microsoft no longer offers a mobile operating system with the discontinuation of the Windows Mobile platform. Edge doesn’t even make it into the list of the top six mobile browsers. Chrome, first, has a usage share of 62.87%, Safari on iPhone and iPad enjoying a comfortable 25.35% in second place, 20.65% ahead of Samsung Internet, third, with 4.9% .
On desktop and mobile, Chrome holds 64.36% of the pie, Safari is comfortably second with 19.13%, and Edge is third with 4.07% of the total market share. Rounding out the top six, Firefox, Samsung Internet and Opera hold 3.41%, 2.84% and 2.07% of the browser market respectively.
Safari has suffered from various bugs, user experience issues, and website compatibility issues in recent years.
This has led Apple’s Safari and WebKit team to seek comment on Twitter, as it faces heavy criticism over browser bugs and missing support.
Apple Evangelist and Developer Advocate on the Web Developer Experience Team for Safari and WebKit Jen Simmons tweeted that “Everyone in my mentions [is] say Safari is the worst, it’s the new IE. This has led her to seek feedback from users, preferably highlighting specific bugs and cases of missing support that are inhibiting websites and apps.