This was a long time ago, but there used to be an easier time when you could just open Microsoft Internet Explorer or Apple Safari and do your web browsing. Today, the landscape has changed a lot, providing a plethora of web browser options to the users. Google’s Chrome continues to dominate, retaining the lion’s share of the global market. But, it seems Microsoft’s Edge browser has been quietly adding users for the past year, enough to surpass Apple’s Safari browser.
According to StatCounter, Microsoft Edge has grown its worldwide market share to overtake Apple’s Safari browser, by a small margin. The first with 10.07% and the second with 9.61%. As mentioned earlier, the top spot is held by Google’s Chrome browser, which dominates the world with a market share of 66.64%.
While it’s quite interesting, things change drastically when you move regions. When accounting for just the United States, Safari comes up with 17.09% and Microsoft Edge with 12.54%. In Europe, we see a major setback with Firefox coming in second with 12.58%, Microsoft Edge with 11.75%, and Safari coming in fourth with 9.34%. As a disclaimer, these figures are for desktop browsers only.
But globally, it appears Microsoft Edge has evolved over the past year. In March 2021, the browser had a global market share of 8.03%, while in April 2022, there was an increase of 10.07%. Apple’s Safari browser saw a decrease in market share from 10.11% to 9.62% during the same time period.
There could be many reasons why more users are attracted to use Microsoft’s Edge browser. But perhaps most important is Microsoft’s move to a Chromium-based browser. The Chromium-based Edge browser was initially an option, but Microsoft later pushed the update to Windows users, replacing its older Edge browser. Microsoft has put in a lot of work not only to improve its browser, but also to continually add new features along the way.
Maybe now is the right time for Apple to bring Safari back to Windows?