Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 10, and since the new operating system is also growing these days, you’d expect the app to get more users as well. But according to data provided by Net Applications, this isn’t happening, and last month, Microsoft Edge maintained its market share from June 2016, gaining no users, but without losing either.
And while it’s a good thing that Microsoft Edge maintains its share, the browser still has a hard time getting closer to rivals Firefox and Google Chrome, and what’s worse for Microsoft is that Google’s browser keeps growing every new month.
Right now, Google Chrome is the number one browser in the desktop world with a share of 50.95 percent, followed by Internet Explorer with 29.60 percent - IE is on a continuous decline these days, given the fact that Microsoft is no longer working on new features, but only on bug fixes and security patches.
Firefox is currently running on 8.12 percent of the desktop PCs out there while Microsoft Edge is now at 5.09 percent, the same market share it had in June.
Microsoft has high hopes that adoption of Edge browser will grow significantly in the next few months following the release of the Anniversary Update, which will bring a long list of improvements on the desktop. For example, the most notable change coming with the Anniversary Update is the addition of support for browser extension, with Microsoft planning to make all Google Chrome add-ons work on Edge with little to no modifications at all.
In addition, Edge is also getting tons of other improvements, including touch gesture navigation support for touch-capable devices and other tweaks here and there for improved performance. Without a doubt, Edge has a huge potential to continue its growth, but it’ll take many years before it gets closer to leader Google Chrome.