Chrome’s market share goes down slightly in November

Dec 3, 2018 09:42 GMT  ·  By  ·  Comment  · 
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Browser market share in November 2018
   Browser market share in November 2018

While it remains the world’s leading browser on the desktop, Google Chrome went down slightly in November, after previously reaching a record market share of 66.43%.

This is according to market analysis firm NetMarketShare, which revealed in a new batch of numbers for the month of November that all three major browsers on the desktop declined in the last 30 days.

First of all, it’s Google Chrome. Google’s browser dropped to 65.57% last month, but as you can see, it’s still running on nearly 7 in 10 desktop computers out there.

Then, it’s Mozilla Firefox, which also declined from 9.25% to 8.96% in just one month. Third, Microsoft Edge went down from 4.28% to 4.22% percent, while Internet Explorer, the browser that’s no longer getting feature updates but only security patches, reached 7.42%.

Microsoft Edge browser

While for Microsoft the decline of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox is without a doubt good news, it doesn’t mean anything unless Microsoft Edge itself is also growing.

However, as you can see in these figures, Edge also has a hard time improving its global market share, as most users on PCs stick with the two mentioned above.

This isn’t very surprising though, especially given Microsoft’s rather aggressive approach when it comes to promoting Edge browser. The company has often turned to controversial tactics that weren’t so well received by users worldwide, and it looks like this strategy has more or less backfired.

What is surprising, on the other hand, is that Microsoft Edge actually lost market share during a month when Microsoft rolled out a new Windows 10 feature update with improvements for the browser. Windows 10 version 1809 was re-released in November, but as these figures appear to suggest, users aren’t very impressed with how the application is evolving right now.

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