Microsoft Edge, the company’s flagship web browser, has grown rapidly since the beginning of last year, but new figures suggest the service may have reached a sudden level.
– according to the information Statcounter, Edge ‘s market share has fallen for the first time in a month and fell from 3.45 percent in March to 3.39 percent in April. The decline marks the end of fourteen consecutive months of growth.
On its previous routes, Edge looked like an established competitor outside of Firefox, which has suffered a slow but steady decline over the past 12 months. Although Firefox owns only 3.59% of the market, the latest data suggest the predictions may have been misleading.
The new Microsoft Edge
Microsoft introduced the new Chromium-based Edge in January 2020 with the launch of the first stable structure. It took a few months for the browser to gain momentum, but its growth slowed rapidly in the spring.
The increase in deployment is due in part to renewed marketing efforts, but also to improvements to the platform that bring it into line with the experience a user can expect from a modern web browser.
Deployment of features such as portrait and scrolling tabs, secure password generator and the built-in price comparison tool proved to be popular among users. As well as several improvements designed to improve browser performance, including sleep tabs and a feature known as startup confirmation.
In a recent update, Microsoft also announced that the new Edge will be bundled with Windows 10 by default, which dramatically increased the browser installation base almost overnight. However, it appears that a larger installation base may not have turned into a larger user base.
Although encouraged by its early performance, Edge is still a small player compared to Google Chrome, which has a market share of 64.47%. Despite the controversy over Google’s new replacement for third-party cookies, FLoC, Edge seems to have struggled as users wrestle away from the top dog.
Another factor contributing to the apparent plateau is that so far Edge’s growth has been supported by the weakening of Internet Explorer and Edge Legacy, both of which have retired from Microsoft.
Over the past 12 months, Internet Explorer’s market share has fallen from 1.41 percent to 0.71 percent, while Edge Legacy has fallen from 2.23 percent to 0.25 percent. There are only a few profits left, and Microsoft needs to find a way to grab users from the biggest browsers on the market if Edge wants to get back to growth.