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Microsoft continues to bleed browser share at record rates

Gregg Keizer | April 5, 2016
Unless trends reverse, Microsoft will lose its No. 1 spot to Google in May.

Apple's Safari, although with less than half the user share of Firefox, seems relatively secure because of its ties to OS X, the operating system that powers Macs. About two-thirds of those running OS X used Safari to reach the web in March, consistent with a long-established trend.

IE and Edge, meanwhile, were the preferred browsers of just 48% of Windows users, a record low and the second straight month of sub-50% penetration in that critical arena. The fact that even fewer Windows 10 customers ran Edge -- 30.4% -- boded ill for Microsoft's attempt to hold the overall No. 1 browser spot as more people upgraded to the new OS.

Not surprisingly, Microsoft's share of mobile browsers was substantially less than on personal computers. On mobile, Microsoft's March share was just 2.5%, a minuscule fraction compared to Google's 55.7% and Apple's 32.7%.

 
Microsoft and Google will swap spots as the No. 1 and No. 2 browser makers in May if the trends established over both the last 3 and 12 months continue. Credit: Net Applications. (Click for larger image). 

 

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