Following a year of doom and gloom for Firefox, I’m very happy to report that the past 3 months have seen Mozilla’s browser bounce back to at least a respectable market share.
I was going to say that it has been a topsy-turvy year for Firefox but, in truth, it’s been more a year of steady decline – that is, until the past 3 months:
As you can see from the above screenshot, Firefox’s market share has risen by more than 4% since it reached its lowest point of 7.69% in August. What will be even more pleasing for Mozilla is that its browser looks like finishing off 2016 with an improved market share over the 11.42% at the beginning of the year.
Of course, Chrome is still way ahead overall, and Internet Explorer’s market share is expected to continue decreasing as more users migrate to Windows 10. Microsoft must be disappointed with Edge’s lack of impact on the desktop browser scene but, really, they only have themselves to blame. Releasing an underdeveloped browser was probably not the smartest of moves – even though Edge now, finally, supports extensions, they are still far and few between. Personally, I don’t think Edge is anywhere near as bad as a lot of people make out, but then, I am a diehard Firefox user.
Desktop Operating System Market Share
The stats pretty much speak for themselves; Windows 7 remains by far the most used operating system and, following a steady increase throughout the year while it was free, Windows 10’s market share has now leveled out. While both Windows 8.1 and XP are slowly but inexorably heading for extinction, personally, I can’t believe that XP is still accounting for almost 9% market share. I suspect that would be largely down to the corporate sector, but still, using an outdated and unsupported operating system connected to the net is not good practice for anyone.