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Edge on Heels of Safari for Second Place in Desktop Browser Market

Edge on Heels of Safari for Second Place in Desktop Browser Market

Apple’s Safari browser may benefit from the words of Satchel Paige: “Don’t look back.” “It’s possible that something is gaining on you.” Microsoft Edge is the name of this item.

According to the most recent data from browser market researcher Statcounter, Edge, with a 9.54 percent worldwide desktop market share, is putting pressure on Safari, which has a 9.84 percent slice of the browser pie.

Both, however, lag significantly behind the market-leading Google Chrome, which has a 65.38 percent market share.

A variety of reasons are contributing to Edge’s market-beating performance. For example, Greg Sterling, co-founder of Near Media, news, opinion, and analysis website pointed to increased desktop use in recent years. “We witnessed a significant increase in desktop use during the epidemic,” he said.

According to Mark N. Vena, president and chief analyst of SmartTechResearch in San Jose, Calif., not only has the rising PC market boosted Edge use, but the technology has also benefitted from gradual advancements. “Edge has considerably improved in overall functionality, performance, and extension flexibility over the last many years,” he said. “Edge has materially improved in overall functionality, performance, and extension flexibility.”

The software is “an attractive alternative to both Chrome and Safari,” he said.


Code Change for the Better

The decision by Microsoft to begin utilizing the Chromium codebase for the browser has also contributed to the browser’s growing popularity.

According to Rob Enderle, president and lead analyst of the Enderle Group, an advisory service organization based in Bend, Oregon, “Edge now merges older Internet Explorer compatibility with Google support, perhaps delivering a more secure alternative for those who require both.”

According to Ross Rubin, the edge has benefited by aligning itself with the industry leader, senior analyst at Reticle Research, a consumer technology consultancy business based in New York City. “Since Microsoft embraced the new code base, there has been much-improved compatibility with Chrome-optimized websites and Chrome extensions,” he said.

As a bonus, he pointed out that Microsoft has included several popular features such as pen support, collections, and coupon support in the latest version of Windows.

In another area, Edge enjoys a competitive advantage over the market leader. According to Rubin, “Microsoft is making a more compelling narrative about privacy with Edge since its business model is not as reliant on data sharing as Google’s,” he said. “Edge has more privacy-friendly settings than Chrome,” says the author.

As Kevin Krewell, a senior analyst at Tirias Research’s San Jose, California office, high-tech research, and consultancy business, put it in a separate statement: “Edge has evolved into a robust and speedy browser.”

According to him, “I believe you’re seeing more people use Edge rather than Chrome since Chrome has grown more bloated.”

Built for Productivity

Edge may be profiting from the new way of working that many people have adopted. In Cupertino, Calif.-based Constellation Research, vice president and principal analyst Liz Miller explained how Edge allows you to open [Microsoft] Office apps directly from the Edge menu, putting your work-life front and center for easy access. “With Edge, you can open [Microsoft] Office apps right from the Edge menu, putting your work-life front and center for easy access,” Miller said.

According to the expert, if a business is utilizing Office 365, even Mac users may find the transition to Edge less complicated since productivity programs like Word and Teams will be more easily accessible.

It is expected that more people will migrate to Edge as it becomes more integrated into how people work, making the experience more about how a person gets everything from apps to information in a single pane of glass.

According to some speculation, another reason contributing to Edge’s increase in desktop market share may have little to do with the qualities of the browser itself. According to Michael Cherry, a Windows analyst with Directions On Microsoft, an independent IT advisory service based in Kirkland, Washington, that specializes exclusively in Microsoft products, “I am not sure that most people bother to change the browser from the one that is promoted on the platform they are currently using.”

“Only a small percentage of users alter their browser or search engine preferences,” he said.

Safari Dissatisfaction

In addition, some users’ discontent with Safari may have aided the development of Edge.

“Over the last several years, Safari, especially in the macOS region, has been plagued by performance and bloat concerns,” Vena said.

The author went on to say that although recent improvements have improved Safari’s image in recent years, the browser still has a fairly bad reputation among desktop and mobile users in general.

He went on to say that Safari has lost some prospective users as a result of its withdrawal from the Windows market.

“Safari has been buggy, and there have been reports of redesigns that have created experiences that are counterintuitive,” Miller observed in his article.

“Safari is the best mobile browser since it is already installed on your iPhone and iPad,” she said, “but take notice of how many people choose to install Chrome instead.”

Wonky Websites

Miller said that as work became more mobile, individuals began to understand how restricting it may be to be limited to just being able to utilize extensions available via the Apple App Store.

Safari is seldom classified as user-friendly in terms of how users want to work or define their experience. “For the security-aware, that may be a positive thing, particularly given Apple’s strict stance on privacy and openness,” she said.

Safari, according to Miller, is overly restrictive for users who want to make use of all of the capabilities accessible to them.

According to her, there’s also the problem of web development that is biased in favor of Chromium browser optimization. According to the expert, websites that have been optimized for Chrome or Edge might display in a wacky and unexpected manner.

Miller went on to say that Safari is automatically ruled out for customers who wish to sync settings across several devices.

Safari’s Strong Mobile Experience

While Safari’s advantage over Edge on the desktop is shrinking, the browser’s lead over Edge is growing in other parts of the web. Safari has a 19.84 percent market share across all platforms, while Edge is ranked fourth behind Firefox, and Edge’s market share isn’t even in the top six in the mobile and tablet markets.

“Safari will maintain its dominance on mobile devices as a result of the popularity and market share of the iPhone, which has increased,” Sterling said. “Edge will never be accepted on mobile devices,” says the author.

Rubin went on to say that Apple has also been a pioneer in enhancing the browser experience on mobile devices, particularly the iPhone. In his opinion, Apple has been “more proactive” in getting the mobile version of Safari up to the same level as the desktop version.

In part, he continued, “Google hasn’t been as forceful in this area because it requires a certain degree of performance to do so, and there are many Android devices out there that can’t do that.”

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