According to the latest market share report, Microsoft has added new users to Edge on Windows and macOS in March, and the browser is now more popular than Firefox. The increase in adoption of Microsoft’s browser could be attributed to it promoted with Chromium features.
The new Edge retains all of the functionality Chromium brings with it, including compatibility with extensions and themes downloaded from Google’s web browser. In addition to Chromium features, Microsoft has also created its own exclusive features for Edge such as Collections, PDF reader, smooth scrolling and more.
New Edge feels very much like Chrome and it’s clean and quick. Like Chrome, Microsoft Edge offers quick and responsive performance with customizable appearance, and it’s compatible with the familiar Chrome experience.
According to NetMarketShare, Microsoft Edge has reached 7.59% desktop browser market share, surpassing Firefox, which sits at the third position with a market share of 7.19%.
Microsoft’s ability to bundle a quick and convenient Chromium-compatible browser within Windows is finally paying off and market share is likely to increase in the coming months.
Google Chrome remains the number one web browser for desktop users with a market share of 68.50% and there’s no way that Edge will topple Chrome’s market share anytime soon. However, this is still the best chance for Microsoft to win the browser wars in years.
The new Edge currently needs to be downloaded manually, but it will become a preinstalled feature on all Windows 10 devices later this year. It’s possible that the market share will increase significantly after the migration completes and Windows 7 users upgrade to Windows 10.
Last week, the tech giant said it’s working on three new features to improve your online safety and productivity.
Microsoft plans to roll out a password monitor and manager, vertical tabs UI, and a Smart Copy features to Edge users later this year.