Microsoft is pushing hard to make Edge a more popular browser (sometimes maybe too hard), but all these efforts are yet to pay off if we look at the latest batch of data offered by NetMarketShare.
Microsoft clearly has a browser problem, but it’s not something that the company can fix overnight. Google Chrome is so successful on the desktop that Microsoft Edge barely has a chance to grow, and these new numbers show the struggle that the software giant is dealing with right now.
Google Chrome was the leading desktop browser last month with a share of no less than 61.41%, up from 60.57% in December 2017, and this means that out of 10 computers, no less than 6 of them run Google’s browser. Despite most coming with Windows and Edge pre-installed, that is.
On the other hand, Microsoft Edge is now at just 4.67% market share, slightly up from 4.61%, while Mozilla Firefox is the runner-up with 10.85%.
While getting closer to Google Chrome seems to be quite an impossible thing to do right now, because this involves eating up from its own share, Microsoft can at least improve Edge and hope more users would stick with it in the coming months and years.
The problem is that Microsoft has embraced a rather inefficient update system for Edge, and the browser only gets new features with the release of major Windows 10 updates, like the Creators Update and the Fall Creators Update. A new such update will land in the spring with Windows 10 Redstone 4.
There were voices claiming that Microsoft could change the Edge update system and deliver improvements through the store, and this would have allowed the company to release new features and fixes at a much faster pace, just like it does with the rest of Windows 10 apps.
For the time being, however, Microsoft sticks with the existing update mechanism and this more or less contributes to its global market share.