It was a long time coming and maybe probably expected to take a while, but the inevitable so many people, including those at Microsoft, expected finally happened. Microsoft Edge surpassed Mozilla Firefox to become the world’s second most-used desktop browser.
Data provided by market analysis firm NetMarketShare reveals that the entire thing happened last month when the adoption of the Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge improved to an extent that allowed it to overtake Mozilla’s own Firefox browser.
As it stands, Microsoft Edge is currently the second most-used desktop browser on the planet with a share of 7.59%, while Mozilla Firefox is now third with 7.19%.
As for who’s leading the rankings, Google Chrome continues to be number one with a whopping share of 68.50%.
Can the Microsoft Edge browser become the world’s top desktop browser? This is rather unlikely to happen anytime soon, especially given the huge difference versus Google Chrome at this point.
However, such a thing isn’t necessarily impossible in the nearest future, especially as Microsoft Edge becomes the new default browser on Windows 10. At the moment, Windows 10 is already the most recent version of the Windows OS version out there, with a share that’s getting on the brink of 60%.
At the same time, Microsoft Edge has also expanded beyond the environment of Windows 10, so it’s also available on older Windows and macOS. A Linux version is also believed to be within the works, but an ETA on when it could land isn’t yet available.
All of these show that Microsoft Edge is now a fully-featured alternative to Google Chrome on more than just one platform, and with Microsoft truly committed to improving the browser even further, there’s an honest chance its market share would still improve.
But here comes the big question. Is there still hope for Mozilla Firefox to bounce back and reclaim the second spot at least?