Riding on the upheavals caused by Microsoft’s decision to retire its age-old, used-only-in-government-computers browser Internet Explorer in favor of the brand new Edge, Mozilla’s Firefox browser has overtaken both of them in terms of marketshare for the first time in its career.
Meanwhile, Google Chrome has continued to lead the race with over a billion users across all platforms, with Apple’s Safari and Opera completing up the rear end of the table.
The data comes from Internet watcher StatCounter which put it together after tracking visits to three million websites, which together account for an estimated 15 billion page views per month. The difference between the combined marketshares of the Edge browser and the Internet Explorer (15.5% of the total) and that of Firefox (15.6%) is pretty minute, however it is there, probably contrary to Microsoft’s expectations.
Speaking on the topic, Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter said,
Microsoft might have expected a boost to its overall browser share as the result of the launch of the Windows 10 with Edge but it hasn’t happened to date.
The fact that Firefox has outpaced Microsoft’s offerings acquires even greater significance when you consider the fact that the former was well behind the latter in February and March. Meanwhile, IE and Edge have continued to be dominant in UK and the US with a combined market share of 25.2% and 21.8% respectively — ahead of Firefox with (13.4%) and (13.2%) marketshare respectively.
Meanwhile, Chrome — completely unfazed by these developments — continues to lead and grow across the world. The browser currently holds a staggering 60.5% of the worldwide market space. In the US, where it faces rather more competition than most places on account of Apple’s popular safari browser joining the fray, Google Chrome leads on with 51.6% space in the browser usage.
Taking a y-o-y look, Chrome increased its worldwide Internet usage from 53% in April last year to 60.5% in 2016 on the desktop and from 44.3% to 47.4% across all platforms.
As far as mobile usage is concerned, Chrome is well ahead of others including UC, Safari, Opera and the stock Android browser. Notably, Samsung’s browser for its Galaxy devices has received a sudden boost and has gone from being in the neighborhood of 1 percent to being slightly under 10, in a matter of months.
The data put forward by StatCounter — while not accurate to the last visitor — does give us a fair picture of how things stand at present. 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.
Meanwhile, the fact that IE and Edge — despite having an edge over Firefox in two of the world’s most notable PC markets — are lagging globally, may just point towards a slower adaption rate and even piracy for Edge and by extension, Windows 10 across certain Non-American and non-european countries.