What simply occurred? After months of seeing its reputation enhance, is Microsoft Edge dropping momentum? It actually seems that manner. The browser noticed its market share decline in April, marking the tip of fourteen consecutive months of development.
Switching to a Chromium-based model introduced loads of new customers to Edge. One analytics agency (NetMarketShare) put its market share as of March 2020 at 7.59%, above Firefox’s 7.19%.
It was extra excellent news for Microsoft final month when one other analytics firm—StatCounter—reported that Edge has been including customers over the previous few months whereas Firefox’s userbase declines, although it nonetheless provides Mozilla’s browser a bigger market share.
StatCounter’s report for April, nevertheless, reveals a change in Edge’s fortunes. The browser’s market share fell from 3.45% in March to three.39% in April, its first decline since introducing the Chromium-based Edge in January 2020.
Supply: StatCounter International Stats – Browser Market Share
Whereas the drop could have scuppered Microsoft’s hopes of overtaking Firefox within the near-term, it seems as if Edge will take the third spot behind Safari and Chrome finally; Firefox’s share declined by a barely bigger share final month than Edge’s: 0.09% vs. 0.06%
Edge nonetheless has an unsurmountable job in catching up with chief Chrome, which holds a close to 65% market share. The now-retired Web Explorer and Edge Legacy, in the meantime, have each seen their shares fall under 1%.
As famous by TechRadar, a few of Edge’s development over the past 12 months was the results of customers transferring from IE and Edge Legacy, a development which will have ended.
Microsoft will likely be hoping that the decline was only a momentary blip. We’ll have a clearer image subsequent month.