Improvements and new features that Microsoft has added to it browser over the years begin to pay off, as the figures show Microsoft Edge is on the verge of exceeding Safari on the desktop.
According to the web analytics service StatCounterEdge is now used by 9.54% of desktops worldwide, outpacing it Firefox with 9.18% and immediately behind Safari by 9.84%.
As you might have guessed Google Chrome still holds first place with 65.38%.
Edge vs. Safari
While Edge may catch up with Safari worldwide, in North America it’s a different story, as Apple’s browser is used by 16.87% of desktops compared to Edge’s 11.93% market share.
However, in Europe and Asia the Edge has already surpassed Safari by 10.9% and 7.46% respectively, while the Apple browser is used by 9.95% of desktops in Europe and only 5.41% in Asia.
Because Safari is Apple’s default browser iPhone and iPadit holds a 26.71% share of the mobile market worldwide, which is still paving compared to Chrome’s 62.06% share of the iOS and Android market.
Although Microsoft Edge has been downloaded more than 10 million times from the Google Play Store, and the app has 4.6 stars in the Apple App Store, the browser is not even listed in the StatCounter mobile market share.
Edge Legacy vs. Chromium Edge
So far Edge based on chrome was released in 2020, originally Microsoft created Edge Legacy for Windows 10 and a replacement for Internet Explorer was introduced back in 2015. Prior to that, she was known by the code name “Spartan” in connection with Master Chief Halo.
Although the Edge Legacy did not last long, Microsoft moved the browser to both Android and iOS in 2017 and included the ability to sync the browser with Windows 10 desktops. However, in March last year, Microsoft stopped supporting Edge Legacy before replacing your old browser with Edge-based Chromium as part of a cumulative monthly security update.
After the release of the new Edge browser, the software giant continued to update it with new features and functions, including Vertical tabs, Collections, Web capture and more. These efforts may not have toppled Chrome, but they have certainly taken away market share in Safari, at least on the desktop.
If you haven’t tried Edge yet or just have experience with Edge Legacy, there’s never been a better time to check out Microsoft’s browser. For those who managed to hook Xbox Series XEdge even runs on the Microsoft console and can be used broadcast games from Nvidia GeForce Now.