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Microsoft plugs Edge browser as power miser

Gregg Keizer | June 22, 2016
Beats the drum on consumption to turn around downturn in adoption.

Redmond has reason for concern. Edge's showing in its first 10 months has been less than stellar as the browser has not been able to grow its share as Windows 10's use has increased.

In May, Edge was used by 21% -- off almost a percentage point from the month before -- of those running Windows 10, according to the Digital Analytics Program (DAP), which tallies visits to more than 4,000 websites maintained by U.S. government agencies.

All three metrics sources that Computerworld regularly tracks portrayed a decline in Edge's adoption since September 2015. Irish vendor StatCounter, for instance, pegged Edge's U.S. share of Windows 10 at 17% for May, down from 18% last year. Worldwide, Edge was also in decline. U.S.-based Net Applications, for example, tapped Edge's global share of Windows 10 at 29% for May, down a point from the three months prior, and off almost 8 points from September. And StatCounter's global usage share for Edge as a fraction of Windows 10 was 12.5% in May, a record low.

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Data: DAP, Net Applications, StatCounter As Windows 10's adoption has increased, Edge's has not kept pace: Three different analytics vendors have tracked an erosion in Edge's share of the Windows 10 universe.


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