Microsoft Edge gained less than 2% market share in 2022


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Statcounter has published its latest report, revealing information about different browsers on different platforms and operating systems. The overall picture has not changed – Google Chrome remains in first place with sharing out of reach, while Edge, Safari and Firefox continue to fight for second place.

note: Statcounter’s findings are not 100% accurate, so take such reports with a reasonable sized grain of salt. You can learn how Statcounter collects its data in the official information sheet.

According to Statcounter, Chrome currently holds a market share of 66.16%. In December 2022, Google’s browser lost only 0.02 points (down from 66.18% in November 2022), which may just be a margin of error. Microsoft Edge is unsurprisingly the second most popular desktop browser with a much more modest 10.99% (-0.18 points).

Safari is the only non-cross-platform browser in the report, and its macOS exclusivity makes it difficult for Apple to surpass its current market share. Statcounter claims that Apple Safari now owns 8.98% (-0.61 points). Firefox is in fourth place with 7.22% (+0.12 points), and Opera is in fifth place with 3.29% (-0.3 points).

Charts showing desktop browser market shares in December 2022

As we head into 2023, let’s look at browser shares compared to previous years to identify year-over-year increases or decreases.

The overall picture hasn’t changed much for established players. Google Chrome was stable at 65-70% with periodic ups and downs, and the same applies to Apple Safari with a 9% market share. Firefox did experience a significant drop in users from around 10% at the beginning of 2020 to the current 7.22%.

Microsoft Edge shows that disrupting the desktop browser market is a very difficult task even for Microsoft, with its 1+ billion active Windows devices capable of running Chromium-based Edge. Although Microsoft Edge continues to climb, its year-over-year growth is less than 2%. It’s hard to get users to switch from Chrome to Edge, which explains why Microsoft sometimes resort to not-so-user-friendly methods of dumping Edge using all sorts of annoying methods.

Charts showing desktop browser market shares in December 2022

You can find more details on Statcounter’s latest monthly report on the official website.


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