Back in February, we reported that Edge was edging closer to Firefox in the desktop browser market share with numbers for January showing Edge at just a single percentage point behind Firefox. I said in that article… ”I don’t believe it will be too long before Edge overtakes Firefox’s market share”. Well, it wasn’t too long indeed, Edge actually moved past Firefox into second place during March and consolidated that position through April:
Desktop Browser Market Share
As at 30th April 2020
Of course, Chrome still remains way out in front as the number one desktop browser globally but Microsoft’s Edge is definitely gaining traction. I seriously doubt we’ll ever see Edge attain the old Internet Explorer’s dominant market share but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Edge continuing to close the gap on Chrome as the year rolls on.
Edge has the obvious advantage of being built into Windows 10 but Microsoft’s transition to the Chromium base has also proved to be a shrewd move eliminating most, if not all, of the complaints regarding the old version of Edge running on Microsoft’s own engine. With improved compatibility, speed, and a much larger range of extensions now available, Edge has finally come of age.
Microsoft is continuing to build more features into Edge and, along with existing innovations such as Profiles, Immersive Reader Mode, Read Aloud, Collections, Tracking Prevention, and syncing across all devices, it isn’t difficult to see why the new Edge is proving to be a popular choice. Chromium Edge for mobile is also proving to be popular among Android and iOS users with the mobile browser attracting glowing reviews and rating 4. 5 stars overall on both platforms.
Edge’s growing popularity also consolidates Chromium’s foothold on the web and this, in my opinion, represents the greatest threat to Firefox and other non-Chromium browsers. If the trend continues, it may well lead to website developers optimizing sites for Google’s engine rather than building truly browser-independent sites, and that would not be a good outcome for Firefox users.
- Further Reading: “Read Aloud” Webpage Reader In Chromium Edge