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Microsoft Edge beats Mozilla Firefox to become second most popular browser: NetMarketShare

Microsoft's decision to switch to Chromium engine for Edge browser has started paying dividends. The browser is now the second most popular in the desktop but far from Chrome.

  • Published: April 6, 2020 4:16 PM IST
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Microsoft Edge has become the second most popular desktop browser in the world. According to NetMarketShare, it has more users than Mozilla Firefox. This has earned Edge the reputation of being the second most popular desktop browser. In comparison, Google Chrome remains the most popular browser in the world with an unassailable lead. It has a market share of 68.5 percent, which puts it ahead of all other browsers combined. Also Read - After Edge browser, Microsoft now helping Chrome with better tab management

This is the first time that the desktop version of Microsoft Edge has surpassed Mozilla Firefox in terms of market share. In March 2019, NetMarketShare noted that Mozilla Firefox had a market share of 9.27 percent. However, its market share has dropped to 7.19 percent in the past one year. During the same period, Microsoft Edge has gained in popularity. From a market share of 5.2 percent in March 2019, the desktop browser has grown to 7.59 percent share. Also Read - Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser is now available for download on Windows and Mac

The rise in popularity gives Edge a small lead of 0.4 percent over Mozilla Firefox. The lead may not be enough and Firefox may bounce back. However, it does show the confidence that consumers have started showing in Edge. Since Microsoft released a new version of Edge based on Chromium engine, the browser has been growing in popularity. In fact, the market share is so tiny that Microsoft would need to push it to the forefront to make it popular. Also Read - Windows 10 latest update breaks Start Menu, Edge Browser: Report

A lot of these users would be those who switched from Chrome to Edge. Since Edge is now Chromium-based, it gains the advantage of using the extensions available on rival platforms. While it matches Chrome’s performance, the browser also delivers improved battery life. With Windows 10 now running on a billion devices, Microsoft Edge could soon expand its market share further. However, it might not be able to match Chrome, which has a comfortable lead in this space.

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  • Published Date: April 6, 2020 4:16 PM IST



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