Microsoft will officially launch its new Chromem-based browser later this month, and the company has high hopes for the new product, which it hopes will eventually become a valuable alternative to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. And from the latest market data, at least one of the two big-name browser brands will be a potential victim of the new Edge, especially as Firefox and Edge get closer to market share.
Data from NetMarketShare for December 2019 shows that Google Chrome remains the world’s leading choice, but at the same time, the difference between Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox is much smaller.
Chrome is undoubtedly the largest desktop browser, with a market share of 66.59 per cent, while Mozilla Firefox is second at 8.22 per cent. Microsoft Edge came in third with 6.47 percent, followed by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer at 5.77 percent.
As you can see, the new Edge’s popularity is not low, and was chosen by many people at the beginning of its release, because Microsoft’s special strategy on the Windows platform ensures that people, whether they like it or not, can at least try it.
Chromium-based Edge will then be pushed to Windows 10 devices via Windows Update to replace the existing Edge and become the new default browser. Given that its functionality is very similar to Google Chrome, it’s likely that some people will abandon third-party browsers and continue to use the Windows 10 comes-by option to improve consistency.
Whether that will happen remains to be seen, but Edge’s share is sure to increase in the coming months. The fully updated browser is also expected to be released on older Windows and macOS.