Microsoft has been very busy this year, with the release of the insanely expensive Surface Laptop and its new Windows 10 S OS, the recently revealed Cortana Invoke speaker, the Windows 10 Home Hub, and more. In the midst of all of this, it may be easy to forget that Microsoft has been in a web browser war with the likes of Google and it’s Chrome OS, where Microsoft has played second fiddle for more than a year now in combined market share.
As of April 2017, Google Chrome has 59% of worldwide browser share, up from 58.64% from the previous month. Following Chrome is Microsoft’s unsupported Internet Explorer with 18.40%, down from 18.95%. That leaves Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari with 11.80%, 5.62%, and 3.44% respectively. Of note is that Edge has actually gained market share (which it has been doing in prior months), though it has yet to crack the 6.0% threshold since hitting 5.0% in June of 2016.
With Redmond’s recent release of Windows 10 S, Edge will be the only usable browser on the OS, and the company is hoping to finally take some of that Internet Explorer and Chrome market share. This comes after Internet Explorer has finally eased it’s bleeding market share, where once it was losing multiple percentage points per month, the browser is only losing fractions. Chrome on the other hand is experiencing the same phenomenon in reverse, however while gaining market share. This bolds well for Microsoft, as it suggest that users aren’t jumping ship as rapidly as before, and it gives the tech giant another chance to convert those people to Edge users.