The latest numbers from Statcounter (via TechRadar) paint an encouraging picture for Microsoft Edge. It has gone from controlling .57% (not 57%, but literally just over a half of a single percent) of the desktop browser market share in March 2020 to 8.03% in March 2021.
That sort of growth can’t be ignored, especially because the latest figures from March 2021 put Microsoft Edge above Firefox in terms of overall users. Edge now has more market share than Firefox and the continually dwindling Internet Explorer. But what’s more impressive is that if Edge keeps growing at its current pace, it’ll overtake Safari and solidify its position as the number two browser for desktop users.
Statcounter mentions laptops are included in all desktop-related figures, which should signal just how far-reaching Edge has become. Safari is at a little over 10% of total market share control as of March 2021, so Edge is within 2% and could overtake the former within the next few months at its current growth rate. It’s a long way off from reaching Google Chrome’s 67% market share, but it’s speedily climbing the rungs of the runner-up ladder.
It’s not surprising Edge is doing as well as it’s doing, given how routinely it adds useful features and considers the user experience. For example: you won’t need the best ad blockers for Microsoft Edge soon if Edge Canary has anything to say about it.
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