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Microsoft’s Edge challenges Safari as the second most popular browser

Microsoft Edge is now used on 9.54% of desktops worldwide, trailing only Safari with 9.84%, according to data released this week by Microsoft Edge. StatCounter web analytics service. That’s Edge’s highest market share reported by StatCounter to date.

Google Chrome still holds the top spot with 65.38%, while Mozilla Firefox leads with 9.18% market share. New data first reported by TechRadar.

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Edge’s lead over other browsers varies widely depending on location. For example, United States, Edge is behind Safari – Edge has only 12.1% market share while Safari claims 18.2%. In Europe and Asia, Edge overtook Safari, with 10.9% and 7.46% respectively. Apple’s Safari runs on 9.95% of desktops in Europe and only 5.41% of desktops in Asia.

Overall, Edge is now a worthy competitor to Goggle Chrome, with competitors like Firefox seemingly having lost the limited popularity they had, according to Jack Gold, president and principal analyst at J. Gold Associates.

In 2020, Microsoft relaunches Edge, recast it using Google’s dominant Chromium technology; it’s the same browser code that powers Chrome. Microsoft not only made Edge a clone of Chrome, but also extended support to other versions of Windows beyond 10, including macOS and Linux.

“For one thing, when Microsoft switched to Chromium engine, Edge was faster and compatible with more websites, thanks to the advantage of the Google Chrome browser, which was built to be compatible with Chrome, not Older Edge (it has said Gold.

Microsoft also upgraded Edge’s game in terms of security and privacy, Gold said. And, while it’s not perfect, it does “a pretty good job of filtering out all the junk people throw at you while browsing the web.

“And the link to Microsoft’s security keeps malware and malicious websites away. But of course, Microsoft also has the advantage of bringing Edge to every Windows machine, so there’s a built-in use case. natural for those who don’t want to, Gold added.

Safari lane is, of course, the default browser on Apple iPhone and iPad tablets. On those devices, it a very different story. Chrome accounted for 46.3%, Safari accounted for 39.4%, and Android only accounted for 12.6% of the traffic.

Some web analytics services already have Edge overtaking all other browsers except Chrome which has always dominated. For example, Net MarketShare’s most recent data has Chrome with 69% market share, Edge with 7.75% and Firefox with 7.48%. Safari is fourth, with only 3.73%.

In fact, Safari’s popularity for some quarters may be waning – if Twitter comments can be a measure of its popularity.

Earlier this month, an Apple employee who supports Safari developers kept an eye on it after going on twitter to ask users for feedback on why the Safari browser is unpopular and ask them to point out specific problems with it.

Jen Simmons, Apple evangelist and developer advocate on the Web Developer Experience for Safari and WebKit team, was clearly surprised by the responses.

“Caught up with tech Twitter this morning and there seems to be a bunch of angry men who really want Safari gone,” Simmons tweeted. “Do we really want to live in a world of 95% Chromium browsers? That would be a bad future for the web. We need more voices, not less.”

Unlike some rival browsers, such as Firefox, Apple’s updates to Safari are sparse, with major upgrades coming only once a year. So the majority of new features are usually implemented in a single instance. While that might appeal to some people who don’t like frequent browser updates, it also means upgrades and/or bug fixes for Safari don’t happen very often.

However, in recent years, Safari has suffered from a lot of complaints about bugs, user interface and website compatibility and experience, according to MacRumors. Last June, Apple announced a significant redesign of Safari at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). However, many of those changes were quickly criticized, describing them as “counter-intuitive”.

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

“Everyone in my mention [is] say Safari is the worst, it’s the new IE,” tweeted Simmons.

Hoping to get to the bottom of his anger, Simmons asked Twitter users to point out specific bugs and lack of support that frustrated them or made it harder for them to create websites or apps. “Bonus points for links to tickets,” she wrote.

“The specifics we can fix. She added that vague hate is extremely counterproductive.

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