Firefox overtakes Microsoft’s IE and Edge browsers, but Chrome continues to dominate – TechCrunch
Microsoft may have built a new web browser that is befitting of todayâs Internet, but theÂ decision to develop Edge and deprioritize Internet Explorer might be benefitting its rivals. Thatâs according to a new report today from StatCounter, one of the most notable Internet tracking firms, which claims Mozillaâs Firefox browser has overtaken Edge and Internet Explorer on marketshare for the first time.
StatCounter, which takes its data from three million websites which received an estimatedÂ 15 billion page views per month, said that, as of April, Firefox represented 15.6 percent of its desktop web traffic globally, fractionally ahead of Internet Explorer and Edgeâs cumulative reach of 15.5 percent.
AllÂ three are well behind Google Chrome, which has more than one billion users across all platformsÂ and accounts for over 60 percent of StatCounterâs traffic, but itâs notable thatÂ FirefoxÂ had trailed the Microsoft browsers in February and March, according to StatCounterâs data. Appleâs Safari and soon-to-be-China-owned Opera are among the also-rans make up the rest of the field.
Looking back over the past year of StatCounter data â which it is important to again note is for desktop Internet traffic â April was the first time that Firefox had any kind of lead on Internet Explorer. Edge, which is only available for Windows 10, doesnât have the marketshare to overcome that gap.
StatCounter is an interesting barometer for Internet trends â it was among theÂ first to signal that Chrome had become the worldâs most popularÂ desktop browser â but its data represents a (large) snapshot of the total webÂ not a definitive one. Furthermore, StatCounter itself notes that Internet Explorer and Edge are both ahead of Firefox in the U.S. and UK, two of the worldâs most notableÂ PC markets.
That could suggest that in countries where Windows 10 isnât selling particularly well, perhaps because there are many existing machines running old versions in the market or high levels of piracy, as is the case in China and many parts of Asia,Â Internet Explorer is seeing higher churn than usual as older versions of the browserÂ have been killed off.
The report could be a sign of the future, or a rogue statistic â but, either way, itâs clear that Chromeâs dominance isnât about to beÂ challenged any time soon.
StatCounter is less reliable for mobile traffic but, if you are wondering, Chrome is again top dog there, ahead of Chinaâs UC Browser, Safari, Opera and the stock Android browser. Also of note: Samsungâs browser for its Galaxy devices hasÂ been on a growth spurt this year, though its share of the market remains below 10 percent, according to StatCounter.