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Microsoft replaced Internet Explorer with Edge browser in Windows 10 in an attempt to offer users a worthy alternative to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, but it turns out that the software giant’s plan isn’t working exactly as it hoped.
Statistics show that Microsoft Edge barely improves its market share every month, while Internet Explorer collapses at a really fast pace, mostly because Microsoft no longer provides improvements and new features, but only security updates.
Data provided by NetMarketShare for the month of October shows that Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge had a combined share of 28.4 percent, down 2.3 percent from the previous month. Google Chrome dominates the market with 55 percent, while Firefox managed to improve by 2 percent to reach 11.1 percent.
What’s worse for Microsoft is that its browser efforts are not really successful and, as you can see in this chart put together by CW, the company is losing users on a monthly basis.
No less than 331 million users abandoned Microsoft browsers, be they Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, for other applications this year online, and the number is expected to increase in the remaining two months of 2016. Microsoft started the year with 800 million users and gradually dropped every month to eventually reach 466 million users in October.
In the meantime, however, Microsoft keeps improving Edge with new features, and the Anniversary Update that launched in August brought support for extensions and some other small tweaks. This work is set to continue with the arrival of the Creators Update in early 2017.
But despite Microsoft’s efforts to improve Edge, its adoption rate is dramatically impacted by limited availability, as it’s exclusively available on Windows 10, while all of its rivals, including leaders Chrome and Firefox, are available on all Windows versions currently on the market, including the discontinued Windows XP.
Microsoft has no plans to bring Edge browser on any other OS version than Windows 10, as it thinks that this app can serve as a reason to convince more users to upgrade from a previous release of Windows.