The October 2020 operating system and browser market share reports began to be published, these reports finally brought encouraging news to Microsoft. New data from NetMarketShare shows that people are clearly willing to accept Microsoft’s Chrome-based Edge, and they are slowly migrating to Microsoft’s carefully crafted new browser. Edge now has nearly 8.9 percent of the market, and adoption is rising at the expense of Mozilla Firefox’s market share.
Nearly nine months after its release, Chrome-based Edge’s market share rose from 8.52 per cent in August to 8.84 per cent in September. Edge (8.84%) and Internet Explorer (3.88%) have a market share of 12.72%.
Exactly a year ago, Edge’s share was 5.38 per cent, meaning that Edge’s market share jumped 3.46 per cent year-on-year.
Of course, Edge is still well behind Chrome’s 69.94 percent, and it’s unlikely to get close to Google Chrome anytime soon, but edge climbed to second place and maintained its position, which is impressive.
Microsoft Edge is likely to perform better in the market after a full push for Windows 10’s October 2020 update later this year. Because the current version of Edge is available through Windows updates and manual downloads, that will soon change. The new edge will replace the Edge Classic, and Windows 10 October 2020 Update will be automatically upgraded to this new browser for the first time after installation.
In addition, Microsoft announced that it will stop serving older Edge browsers in March 2021. By the second half of 2021, most users will have installed the new Edge.
The new Edge is a great browser, but it still lacks some of the old features of the Edge Classic, but fortunately, Microsoft is said to be developing some new features for Edge, including vertical tags (setting tabs to similar features) and annotated web capture.