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Mozilla Firefox Grabs Bigger Market Share Than Microsoft's Edge And IE Combined: That's A First

17 May 2016, 10:02 am EDT By Kyle Nofuente Tech Times
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Mozilla's Firefox has just narrowly edged out both Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer browsers in market share around the world.

Even then, though, Google's own Chrome browser blasts both of them out of the water with a more than 60 percent market share worldwide.

But, of course, in the long and colorful history of the browser wars, there was once a time when Internet Explorer ruled the internet and Chrome was barely a noticeable blip in the market.

What hasn't changed, however, is Mozilla's position as that "other" browser. In the early days when IE was in the lead, Firefox was the next best alternative. Now with Chrome at the forefront today, Firefox still is the next best alternative.

Playing second must be better than being in third or last place in the browser race. Luckily for both Microsoft and Mozilla, Opera and Safari have seemed to seal their spots in the back for a good number of years.

More telling is that Google's overall lead is so far ahead of any other browser that, combined, all of them still wouldn't match up to Chrome's control as the front door to the Internet. That being said, when combined, both Microsoft's browsers - the aging Internet Explorer and the shiny new Edge browser - barely match up to Firefox's numbers.

As of April, Mozilla handles about 15.6 percent of worldwide desktop browser usage compared to a combined 15.5 percent coming from IE and Edge. The biggest loser then is Microsoft, which most certainly expected an uptick in its overall browser share since the launch of Windows 10 with Edge. Obviously, that hasn't happened just yet.

These numbers coming from Statcounter are taken from data on 3 million websites that received an estimated 15 billion page views per month. If current trends continue, Google's lead could end up being more than double both that of Firefox's and Microsoft's numbers by the time June comes around this year.

At the tail end of Statcounter's list are Apple and Opera. Remaining unchanged for the past few months, both the Safari and Opera browers have been stuck at 4.6 percent market share.

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