Microsoft Edge overtakes Safari as second most popular browser with 10% share

Microsoft Edge 2nd most popular

Microsoft Edge is now the second most popular desktop browser
with up to 10% market share. Chrome remains the number one
browser with a 67% share and Apple’s Safari has fallen to the
third spot above Firefox. This is according to browser-tracking
company StatCounter.

Edge’s Chromium version was released in 2020, but Microsoft
created the browser for Windows 10 in 2015 as the company’s
replacement for Internet Explorer. Even though Microsoft Edge
Legacy was heavily promoted on Windows 10 and included
interesting ideas like ‘Set Tabs aside’ or Tab previews, it
didn’t work.

There are plenty of reasons for Windows 10 default browser’s
failure. But a significant one is the way the company designed
the ecosystem, including the lack of add-ons for Edge and
browser updates tied to annual Windows 10 feature updates.

Microsoft killed Edge Legacy and replaced the old browser
with Chromium-based Edge everywhere. Following the release
of its Chromium Edge, the company has continued to update it
with new additions. Although these efforts may not be enough to
convince the loyal user base of Chrome, Edge has certainly
taken away market share from rivals.

Microsoft Edge becomes the second most popular desktop browser

In April 2021, Safari had a strong second-place position with
close to 10% of the desktop browser market and Edge was in
third place with 7.96%, while Firefox languished in fourth with

Microsoft Edge market share

As per April 2022 market share report, Microsoft Edge has now
crossed the 10% share in browser market. While Google Chrome
lost its 0.65 share and its coverage dropped to 66.64%, Edge
added 0.42 points and now has 10.07% share.

Safari is now lagging behind Edge with 9.61% share, Firefox is
at 7.86% and Opera has dropped to 2.43%. Edge seems to be doing
pretty well in the desktop landscape, but there has been no
changes in the mobile market where Chrome and Safari are market

Edge is invisible on mobile platforms and it doesn’t even show
up in StatCounter’s top five browsers figures.

While Edge is growing in the desktop market, it won’t be
beating Chrome.

If you haven’t given Chromium Edge a try yet, you should
definitely test out Microsoft’s browser. It has received
several improvements in the past few months and sleeping tabs
feature is much more effective now.

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