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Microsoft Edge outperforms Apple’s Safari in browser popularity

Microsoft has overtaken Apple’s Edge Safari to become the second most popular desktop browser in the world based on data provided by StatCounter web analytics service.

In February, Microsoft Edge was about to catch up with Safari by less than half a percentage point (9.54% to 9.84%) among browsers in terms of popularity among desktop users. Latest StatCounter numbers show Edge now being used in 10.07% of desktop computers worldwide, and 0.46% before Safari; The latter fell to 9.61%.

Google Chrome still leads the way, with 66.58% of all desktop users. And Mozilla Firefox took just 7.87% of the share, down significantly from the 9.18% share it had in February. The new data was first reported by MacRumors.

The introduction of Edge in other browsers varies greatly depending on the site. For example, in the US, Edge is lagging behind Safari – Edge only has 12.55% of the market share while Safari claims 17.1%. In Europe, it has long overtaken Edge Safari, with 11.73% and 9.36%, respectively.

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Firefox never had a large market share to begin with. And it has none of Microsoft’s or Google’s marketing clout, which means less brand recognition — and virtually none outside the tech community, according to Jack Gold, principal analyst at research firm J. Gold Associates.

“So I don’t think Firefox will be anything more than a convenient ‘alternative’ for others,” Gold said.

Of course, Safari is basically the default browser on your Apple iPhone and iPad tablet. On those devices, it’s an entirely different story. Chrome has 63.57%, Safari nets 24.82%, and various other browsers make up the rest.

Some web analytics services actually have a more advanced edge than browsers — with the exception of the always-dominant Chrome. For example, Net MarketShare’s latest data has Chrome with a staggering 73.24% market share, Edge at 12.93%, and Firefox at 4.73%. Safari is not even in the top four browsers.

Edge adoption has been slow. Initially, it experienced performance and compatibility issues across the web, which drove many users to Chrome, according to Gold. Now, however, Edge is relatively comparable to Chrome in terms of performance largely because it is built on the core Chromium engine.

In 2020, Microsoft relaunched Edge, reworking it with the same browser code that Chrome uses. Microsoft Edge has not only made Chrome a version, but it has also expanded support for versions of Windows other than 10, including macOS and Linux.

“When Microsoft switched to the Chromium engine, Edge became a lot faster and more compatible with more websites that, due to more Google Chrome browsers, were designed to be compatible with Chrome rather than the older version of Edge (which had some unique requirements for full compatibility), he said. Gold.

Microsoft has also added features to Edge, such as improved security and privacy, “coupons” for those who use them to shop, and performance improvements, Gold noted.

Edge also does not have some of the problems that previous versions had in dealing with some websites.

“And you no longer have to use Bing as a search engine,” Gould said. While users were not actually forced to use Bing, Microsoft made it difficult to switch to Google.

Edge has also been the default browser with Windows 10 and 11, so with the improvements made to it, there’s less reason to switch users. “I think a lot of people don’t even bother to download Chrome. Edge does pretty much everything they want/need,” Gould said.

Last June, Apple revealed a major redesign of Safari at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Many of these changes, however, were met with quick criticism from users who described them as “counter-intuitive”.

Apple went through several iterations over the summer — on both mobile and desktop devices — and allowed users to revert largely to the previous Safari design prior to the release of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey.

In February, Gene Simmons, an Apple evangelist and developer advocate on the Web Developer Experience team for Safari and WebKit, took to Twitter to ask users for feedback on why Safari is unpopular and to ask them to point out certain issues.

“Everyone I remember.” [is] Simmons tweeted at the time that Safari is the worst, it’s the new IE.

Hoping to get to the bottom of the outrage, Simmons asked Twitter users to point out certain bugs and loss of support that frustrate them or make it difficult for them to build websites or apps. I wrote “Bonus Points for Ticket Links”.

“Details we can fix. A vague hatred is honestly counterproductive,” she added.

Unlike some competing browsers, such as Firefox, Apple updates Safari infrequently, with major upgrades coming only once a year. So most of the new features are rolled out in one case. While this may appeal to those who don’t like frequent browser updates, it also means that upgrades and/or Safari fixes are scarce.

However, in recent years, Safari has had a slew of complaints about browser errors, user interface, experience, and website compatibility, according to MacRumors.

In March, Apple launched the beta version of Safari 15.4, which is claimed to be “filled” with more than 70 new features, such as “lazy loading” images to reduce page load times; A dialog element that is part of an application with which the user interacts to perform a task, such as a dialog box or window; and Cascade Layers, which provides users with a way to organize styles, such as resets and defaults, even high-priority styles, such as components, utilities, and overrides.

Despite the improvements, Safari is having a hard time getting up and running.

Since Safari is Apple’s own, unless someone is a big Apple fan, they probably won’t use Safari, Gold said.

“Windows devices are still more popular than Macs, so the sheer numbers of computers means Edge (and Chrome) has a massive advantage over Safari,” Gold said. “I haven’t seen much Safari when using Windows.”

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