According to the latest report published by StatCounter, Microsoft Edge overtook Safari in April 2022, becoming the 2nd most popular desktop web browser in the world. If Google Chrome remains firmly in 1st place with 66.64% market share, Microsoft Edge now obtains 10.07%, just ahead of Safari which is used on 9.61% of desktop computers. The gap between the two represents 0.46% market share.
Why did Edge take advantage over Safari?
This trend was initiated as early as February, when Safari began to lose ground against its main competitor. If Apple’s web browser still retained its place as the dolphin, its popularity has waned in favor of the one installed by default on Windows 11, the latest operating system launched last October by Microsoft.
For its part, Safari has had to deal with complaints from its own community. In question: technical bugs, a user experience that was not there and compatibility problems with certain websites. The changes that were made during 2021 were deemed insufficient, and the popularity of Apple’s web browser has declined in recent months.
Can the trend be reversed for Safari?
Now relegated to 3rd place in global market share, Safari is however not in danger. Behind, Firefox is 4th with 7.86% market share, thus leaving the possibility to Safari, which lost 0.23% between February and April 2022, to stay in touch with Microsoft Edge, or even to recover its 2nd place more late in the year.
While macOS Monterey, the 12th version of its operating system, was launched in October 2021, Apple should unveil the new version of its desktop OS in a few weeks, at the WWDC conference. 2022 dedicated to developers. In the event of major announcements from the one who could be referred to as Mammoth, Safari could regain market share and, perhaps, move ahead of Microsoft Edge in the months to come.