Firefox tops Microsoft browser market share for first time

Mozilla Firefox logoFirefox has gingerly pulled ahead of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge browsers for the first time across the globe.

Mozilla’s Firefox grabbed 15.6 percent of worldwide desktop browser usage in April, according to the latest numbers from Web analytics outfit StatCounter.

However, neither browser threatens the market leader—Google’s Chrome continues to command two thirds of the market.

StatCounter, which analysed data from three million websites, found that Firefox’s worldwide desktop browser usage last month was 0.1 percent ahead of the combined share of Internet Explorer and Edge at 15.5 percent.

It’s been reported that Firefox has been losing its share over the last three months, however, usage of Microsoft’s Edge and IE browsers appear to be declining faster.

“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 StatCounter chief Aodhan Cullen.

Firefox tops Microsoft browser market share for first time

It’a also worth noting that StatCounter's Web browsing data paints a different picture in the UK. While Chrome was an obvious leader on the desktop in April with a 54.2 percent share, IE and Edge accounted for 21.8 percent of the market, with Firefox trailing a distant third at 13.2 percent in Blighty.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: browsers, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge

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