Microsoft web browsers, Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge, maintained the downward trend in July, but at a slower pace, perhaps giving some hope to the software maker that the worst may be far behind.
According to data from data applications company Net Applications, the share of IE and Microsoft Edge users – an estimate of the proportion of PC owners in the world who used those browsers – dropped by three tenths of a percentage point with a combined contribution of 22%. The fall recorded in July was the lowest since March this year, and the second lowest since December 2014.
Although Edge, the official browser for Windows 10, has not yet taken off as Microsoft wanted, the numbers are certainly less worse this year. In the first seven months of this year, IE and Edge, combined, lost four percentage points, a 15% reduction from what they had on January 1. Compared to 2016, there was an improvement, when IE and Edge registered a 29% drop in the same time period, almost double that of 2017.
On the other hand, Firefox was the big winner in July, when it gained another three tenths of a percentage point to reach the 12.3% mark, its highest number in almost three years. Although Mozilla’s browser currently accounts for less than half of its membership at its peak, between 2009 and 2010, its recovery from a near-death experience a year ago has been spectacular. For comparison, Firefox had 7.7% participation in August 2016 and seemed destined to disappear from the market.
“I saw a real risk in Mozilla not surviving,” Chris Beard said in an exclusive interview. “I also knew how important Mozilla is in the world. I knew how much potential there was.”
“Where we’ve been successful in the past is more as a provocateur — an agent of good representing the people,” he said. “Just being that opposing force in the ecosystem can bring about good. It would be crazy to go up against Google or Apple or Facebook. But we have a role to play to keep the system a little more honest and a little more open.”
Chrome leadership remained basically stable last month, increasing its market share by only a tenth of a percentage point to reach the 59.8% mark in July. Since the beginning of this year, Chrome has climbed three points, representing a growth of 6%. In the first seven months of 2016, Google’s browser added approximately 19% to its volume.