Microsoft Edge finally looks like it’s getting attention, because the Chromium-based browser is now the second most popular web browser in the world.
The latest figures from NetMarketShare show Edge has a 7.59% web browser market share. That puts it in second place behind Google Chrome, which dominates the market with a 68.5% share, and knocked the Mozilla Firefox browser to third when the share dropped from 9.27% to 7.19%.
Even though Microsoft presents Edge as the next generation browser, it fails to really attract interest in it, with Chrome still being one of the first browsers people are aiming for after a new PC boot.
But then Microsoft returned to the drawing board and retooled Edge to be a Chromium based browser, utilizing open source code that supports Google Chrome, as well as Opera and Amazon Silk browsers.
Doing this means people can use the same browser extension they have in Chrome when switching to the new Edge. As a result, Edge becomes a more flexible browser, no longer interrupted by the problem of incompatibility of the old version of Edge because it was built on Microsoft’s own machine. Chromium-based Edge is also faster than its predecessor.
Making the move to Chromium seems to be paying off for Microsoft, because it has taken market share even though it is only a few months out of beta. It looks like it won’t catch Chrome anytime soon, but again there aren’t any other browsers.
And there is a good chance that Edge can have a higher market share if it were not for 5.6% of people still using Internet Explorer 11, possibly because of the IT policy constraints of companies or under-knowledgeable Windows 10 users who want to stick with what they find familiar.
If you want to switch from Chrome or Firefox, then the Edge browser now looks like a good bet. In addition to supporting the Chrome extension and becoming faster than ever, Edge now finally allows users to bring down Microsoft’s Bing search engine for Google, the most popular and best search engine in the world.
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