Microsoft Edge has ousted Apple’s Safari in browser popularity

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Microsoft Edge has overtaken Apple’s Safari to become the second most popular desktop browser in the world Data from the web analysis service StatCounter.

In February, Microsoft Edge was on the verge of catching Safari with less than half a percentage point (9.54% to 9.84%) between the two browsers in terms of popularity among desktop users. The latest numbers from StatCounter show that Edge is now used on 10.07% of desktop computers worldwide, 0.46% ahead of Safari; the latter fell to 9.61%.

Google Chrome still holds the top spot with 66.58% of all desktop users. And Mozilla’s Firefox had just 7.87% of the share, down sharply from February’s 9.18% share. The new dates were first reported by MacRumors.

Edge’s lead over other browsers varies greatly by location. For example, in the US, Edge lags far behind Safari — Edge has just 12.55% market share, while Safari claims 17.1%. In Europe, Edge has long overtaken Safari at 11.73% and 9.36%, respectively.

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The world’s most popular desktop browsers according to StatCounter

Firefox never really had a big market share. And it doesn’t have the marketing clout of Microsoft or Google, which means lower brand awareness — and virtually none outside of the techie community, according to Jack Gold, senior analyst at research firm J. Gold Associates.

“So I don’t think Firefox will ever be more than a niche ‘alternative’ to the other guys,” Gold said.

Of course, Safari’s trail is mainly as the default browser on Apple’s iPhone and iPad tablets. On these devices, it’s a whole different story. Chrome has 63.57%, Safari webs 24.82% and other miscellaneous browsers make up the rest.

Some web analytics services already put Edge even further ahead of browsers—with the exception of the ever-dominant Chrome. For example, The latest data from Net MarketShare Chrome has a staggering 73.24% market share, Edge 12.93% and Firefox 4.73%. Safari is not even in the top 4 browsers.

Edge adoption was slow. Initially, it suffered from performance and compatibility issues across the web, which Gold says pushed many users to Chrome. Now, however, Edge is relatively comparable to Chrome in terms of performance, largely because it’s built on top of the underlying Chromium engine.

In 2020, Microsoft relaunched Edge and redesigned it with the same browser code that powers Chrome. In addition to making Edge a Chrome copy, Microsoft has also expanded support for versions of Windows other than 10, including macOS and Linux.

“As Microsoft switched to a Chromium engine, Edge became much faster and more compatible with more websites being built to be compatible with Chrome and not the older Edge due to the predominance of Google Chrome browsers (it had some unique requirements for full compatibility),” said Gold.

Microsoft has also added features to Edge, such as These include improved security and privacy, “coupons” for those who use it to shop, and performance improvements, Gold noted.

Edge also doesn’t have some of the problems that previous versions had when dealing with some websites.

“And you’re no longer forced to have Bing as your search engine,” Gold said. While users were never forced to use Bing, Microsoft made the switch to Google difficult.

Edge was also the default browser with Windows 10 and 11, and with the improvements there are fewer reasons for users to switch. “I think a lot of people just don’t bother downloading Chrome. Edge does pretty much whatever they want/need,” Gold said.

Last June, Apple presented a major redesign of Safari at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). However, many of these changes drew quick criticism from users, who called them “counterintuitive”.

Apple has gone through several iterations over the summer — on both mobile and desktop — allowing users to largely revert to the previous Safari theme ahead of the release of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey.

In February, Jen Simmons, an Apple evangelist and developer advocate on the Web Developer Experience team for Safari and WebKit, took to Twitter to ask users for feedback on why Safari is unpopular and to ask them to point out specific issues to point out.

“All in my mentions [is] saying Safari is the worst, it’s the new IE,” Simmons tweeted at the time.

Hoping to get to the bottom of the anger, Simmons asked Twitter users to point out specific bugs and lack of support that are frustrating them or making it difficult for them to build websites or apps. “Bonus points for links to tickets,” she wrote.

“Items we can fix. Honestly, vague hate is super counterproductive,” she added.

Unlike some competing browsers like Firefox, Apple’s updates to Safari are sparse, with major upgrades coming out only once a year. So most of the new features will be rolled out in a single instance. While this may appeal to those who dislike frequent browser updates, it also means that upgrades and/or fixes for Safari are rare.

However, in recent years, Safari has endured a number of complaints about the browser’s bugs, user interface and experience, and website compatibility. according to MacRumors.

March, Apple has released the beta version of Safari 15.4which was reportedly “packed” with over 70 new features, such as “lazy store” Images to reduce page load times; a dialog element representing part of an application with which a user interacts to perform a task, e.g. B. a dialog box or window; and cascading layerswhich allows users to organize styles such as reset and defaults to top priority styles such as components, utilities, and overrides.

Despite improvements, Safari is poised for a surge.

Because Safari is Apple-specific, unless someone is a big Apple fan, they probably won’t use Safari, Gold said.

“Windows machines are still far more popular than Macs, so the sheer number of PCs means Edge (and Chrome) have a huge installation advantage over Safari,” Gold said. “I haven’t seen much Safari being used on Windows.”

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