The browser is one of the most important, essential and used tools on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Although much online use has been passed to applications, the browser remains the most versatile and complete tool for surfing the Internet.
In this segment of browsers, Google Chrome leads market share to a large advantage over competitors, but this past month we have seen a fluctuation that runs counter to the trend so far.
The latest data released by NetMarketShare show that Google Chrome has had a small drop in usage share, something that goes against the records of the last year, which had a constant growth. It is currently lower than what it had been before launching Chrome 59. However, it maintains the first place in this ranking with a comfortable 59.38% of quota, having a massive advantage over the direct competitors.
The second place still belongs to Internet Explorer. Currently, it has a 15.58% share and has seen an expected decrease in usage over the last year. These values are totally normal, considering that it is no longer the focus of Microsoft in this segment, passing that paper to the Edge that arrived with Windows 10.
Mozilla Firefox was one of the biggest surprises of these records. The trend showed healthy and seemingly long-lasting growth, especially after the launch of Firefox 55, but this was not recorded this month. Firefox had a small break, dropping from 12.32% to 12.28%. It would be expected that with the fall of Chrome and Internet Explorer the share of Firefox increased, but this did not happen.
Edge is still in a difficult situation. Microsoft has made some efforts to make its browser more attractive to users, but the climb has been very tenuous. With the descent of the 3 most used browsers, it would also be expected that the Edge took advantage and registered a rise, but this did not happen. The Edge rose only 1 cent of quota, going from 5.65% to 5.66%. They are positive results, but still insufficient for the goals and ambitions of Microsoft, which is preparing improvements for its browser to launch in the next major update of Windows 10.
Safari, despite having a very specific and restricted audience, achieved a rise of 0.21% and currently registers 3.87% of quota, reaching maximum utilization in the values recorded over the last twelve months.
The most unexpected rise of all is shown in the “other” section, which includes Opera, Vivaldi, UC Browser, and all less-represented browsers in this data. These browsers, all together, registered a rise of almost 1%, which is a very relevant value considering that these browsers had only 2.29% in July of this year and currently have a 3.23% quota.