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Web Browsers March 2022: Edge Outperforms Safari and Firefox, While Chrome Remains Unreachable

The desktop web browser market turned around in March according to data published by Statcounter, as Microsoft Edge overtook Safari to become the second world development by market share. Meanwhile, Chrome continues to lead by a long way and Firefox is unable to get out of the pit.

You already know that browsers are one of the most important groups of software on any personal computer. We use them daily to access the Web (and other features) and for their promoters they are key to increasing their revenue through the Internet’s huge online advertising pie.

Web browsers, quota in March

The market share data that comes from the consultants is not the ‘word of God’ and they can vary quite a bit depending on who publishes them due to the methodology used. Netmarketshare was one of the most reliable and used, but unfortunately we are left without its statistics. Taking into account the above, we comment on the Statcounter data that at least helps us to evaluate trends.

Google Chrome. Unstoppable since it surpassed Internet Explorer, it remains at the head of the segment by a huge distance. In addition, Google’s influence on the Internet is even greater than Chrome’s share, since it is also responsible for Chromium, the open source project on which other browsers are based and thus control the dominant technologies. Above 67% in share in March, confirms that it is unattainable for the rest. There are no signs that the situation will change in the short term.

Microsoft Edge. The Redmond firm has managed to produce its best browser precisely because of the use of Chromium. Controversial decision to recognize the virtues of a competitor (and increase its power), but in quota it is working. This month and for the first time, Edge overtook Safari for second place and is approaching 10% share. As we said, it is a development of guarantees that does not require Microsoft to use subterfuges in Windows that are disrespectful to users to improve its use, although this undoubtedly helps.

apple-safari. Those from Cupertino have enormous influence on almost everything they touch, but this is not the case with web browsers. It is very difficult to see a Windows or Linux user using Safari and its market share is limited to its use on Mac. In fact, its market share is practically a carbon copy of that of their personal computers, in March, the 9 .57%.

MozillaFirefox. The only open source development among the big ones is still in the doldrums, with a market share below its quality and what it represents in terms of privacy. With the first two (Chrome and Edge) using Chromium, it will be very difficult for Firefox to come back. Although its share of 7.57% is still relevant and it maintains a group of faithful that is not going to lose, it has dropped a lot in the last year and the trend is negative.

Opera. “The first of the rest” in web browsers where we also find Vivaldi or Brave. All of them are interesting, but they are still in a specific niche and it will be difficult for them to gain market share. In share, the variations of Opera are minimal and in March it occupied 2.81%.

There we leave it. As long as NetMarketShare does not come back, we will not have reliable data on the share of web browsers or operating systems, although those of Statcounter help us to follow the trend. And this on computer desktops, because in mobility the presence of Edge and Firefox is practically negligible and Safari Mobile does have a high share due to the presence of iPhone and iPad. What does not change is the dominance of Chrome on all platforms.

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