Microsoft Edge is the tech giant’s newest browser meant to compete with the likes of Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. It’s the replacement to the aging Internet Explorer which has dominated the Windows OS since the 1990’s, and it’s the default browser for Windows 10, Microsoft’s bread and butter right now. It’s no secret that having the browser capture market share is almost just as important as it is for Windows 10, but according to a few analytic metrics, Microsoft Edge is actually experiencing a lost in share.
Net Applications, which gets its numbers by measuring visits to its clients’ websites, showed that Edge lost about 7.8% between August and November, falling from a sound 39% to just about 31.2% for last month.
DAP, or Digital Analytics Program, measures its usage by tracking more than 4,000 different government sites on over 400 different domains, and they pegged the browser at 22.4% in for last month, down from 24.6% in September (the percentages representing the total number of users running Windows 10).
And lastly StatCounter, who tracks worldwide market share by counting page views for the sites that use its analytics package solution, had the browser at 12.9% for November, down from 13.9% in September. You can have a look at the chart below.
Despite the variation in numbers, what’s common is that no matter how you track it, Microsoft Edge seems to be on a steady decline. Whether that’s because maybe the Windows 10 upgrade boom is beginning to peak, or users are using other browsers is unknown. But what is known is that Microsoft definitely need to do something quick if they want to turn thing around for the browser; seems like that extension support may need to get here a little sooner.