With the enforced retirement of Internet Explorer, Edge is now the company’s indisputable flagship and that status is beginning to be represented in the browser’s market share.
- Check out our list of the best VPN services out there
- We've built a list of the best Windows 10 VPN services around
- Here's our choice of the best proxy services on the market
Although Firefox still currently has a larger overall share (3.98%) than Edge (2.85%), the former’s numbers have remained almost constant for the past twelve months.
Microsoft’s browser, on the other hand, has enjoyed steady growth since April that (if maintained) will see it surpass Mozilla’s service by early 2021.
Microsoft Edge adoption
Microsoft debuted Edge Chromium in January, with the launch of the first stable build. The browser took a few months to gain any momentum, but its growth has steepened significantly since the spring.
At present, Edge is the fastest growing browser on the market, rising from 0.44% market share to 2.85% in the past six months alone - with the greatest leap registered between June and July (+ 0.8%). In each of the past three months, meanwhile, Edge has added circa 0.3% to its share.
The increase in adoption can be attributed in part to renewed marketing efforts, but also to improvements made to the platform that bring it in line with the experience a user might expect from a modern web browser.
Microsoft has delivered a host of new upgrades to the browser in recent months, including a secure password generator, in-built price comparison tool, screenshot capture facility and scrolling tab bar.
Although Edge is still a minor player in comparison to market leader Chrome (which holds a 66.12% share), Microsoft will be encouraged by its early performance. The main caveat is that the greatest number of users appear to have migrated from Internet Explorer and Edge Legacy, both of which have been retired.
To continue on its current growth trajectory, then, Edge will need to find a way to snatch users from the largest fish in the market: Chrome, Safari and Firefox.
- Here's our list of the best anonymous browsers right now
Are you a pro? Subscribe to our newsletter
Sign up to the TechRadar Pro newsletter to get all the top news, opinion, features and guidance your business needs to succeed!
Joel Khalili is the News and Features Editor at TechRadar Pro, covering cybersecurity, data privacy, cloud, AI, blockchain, internet infrastructure, 5G, data storage and computing. He's responsible for curating our news content, as well as commissioning and producing features on the technologies that are transforming the way the world does business.