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Users abandon sinking Microsoft browser ship at record clip

Gregg Keizer | June 2, 2016
Chrome extends lead over IE + Edge; could top 50 percent mark by August.

The introduction of Windows 10 was another contributor to IE's fall, as the new operating system demoted IE to a legacy role and promoted Edge as the replacement. But Windows 10 users, who now make up nearly 20% of all PC owners, have been hesitant, increasingly so, to adopt Edge: In May, fewer than three in every 10 Windows 10 users chose Edge. That number has been slowly declining -- it was two out of three in October -- since Windows 10's launch last year.

Other data sources mirrored Net Applications' data, and also showed a decline -- albeit less dramatic -- for IE + Edge. The Digital Analytics Program (DAP), which counts visits to more than 4,000 websites operated by the U.S. government, indicated a drop of 1.2 percentage points, to 20.2%, for Microsoft's browsers in May, and an increase of four-tenths of a point, to 43.9%, for Chrome.

DAP's traffic is predominantly domestic, although at times as much as 15% of the visitors access the sites from overseas. Data from DAP differs from Net Applications' because the former includes smartphone-based browsers, including Chrome on Android and Safari on iOS, which the latter does not.

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After Microsoft mandated that Windows customers upgrade their browser, IE steadily ceded momentum to Google's Chrome, which became the top dog in April and extended its lead in May. Data: Net Applications. (Click for larger image). 


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