Firefox overtakes Internet Explorer, Edge in browser market share

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17 May 2016 | 0

Mozilla’s Firefox narrowly overtook Microsoft’s combined Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge Web browsers for the first time globally in April in terms of desktop Internet usage, according to Irish Web analytics company StatCounter.

Its analytics arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that Firefox took 15.6% of worldwide desktop browser usage in April compared to a combined 15.5% for IE and Edge. Google’s Chrome continues to lead the way with 60.5% worldwide.

“Microsoft might have expected a boost to its overall browser share as the result of the launch of the Windows 10 with Edge but it hasn’t happened to date,” said Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “Chrome has continued to gain share globally.”

StatCounter’s data founds that Chrome increased worldwide internet usage from 53% in April last year to 60.5% in 2016 on the desktop and from 44.3% to 47.4% across all platforms.

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over 3 million websites.

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