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Windows 10 is getting popular, but Microsoft Edge isn’t getting more users

Windows 10 is getting popular, but Microsoft Edge isn’t getting more users

by AshwinOctober 7, 2015

Windows 10 may have a hundred and ten million users, but how many of those people actually use the Microsoft Edge web browser?

Windows 10 Browser Share
The answer will surprise you, and its definitely not good news for the Redmond company.
A US based research firm called Quantcast, has found out some rather interesting data about Microsoft Edge’s usage shares. A report reveals that the firm collected data from over a 100 million websites, and reports that Microsoft Edge’s usage has actually slipped quite a bit, since Windows 10’s launch in July, when it boasted an impressive 16% of shares. It now stands at a mere 12%, but I think it’s way too early for Microsoft to begin worrying about things. The browser will become more popular once it gets some proper features

Though the research was only held in the U.S, I think it’s safe to say that the numbers do show the adoption rate of Microsoft Edge, which is likely to be the same or even lesser in other countries.

It comes as no surprise as to who the leader of the browser war battlefield is, Google Chrome with a massive 70% of the browser shares on Windows 10. The Mountain View company has an added bonus in that its browser syncs with its mobile version of Chrome, on Android, which only increases its appeal.

And here we were, thinking that Microsoft would have actually gained millions of users for its new browser. Even Mozilla’s CEO, slammed the Redmond company for forcing Windows 10 users to use Microsoft Edge as the default browser in the operating system, after an upgrade from an older version of Windows.

In fact, Mozilla Firefox still has more users than Microsoft Edge does. Every cloud has a silver lining, and Microsoft has one too and it should be happy because its infamous Internet Explorer sits on the bottom with a mere 5% of usage shares.

But it is clear that the majority of Windows 10 users aren’t using Edge. In fact, this just shows how tech savvy users have become, which is quite a good thing to see in this digital age ruled by smartphones and tablets.

Well, you can blame the low adoption rate of Edge, on Microsoft’s snail-paced progress in releasing what is considered by many, as the heart of modern web browsers, add-ons or extensions as Chrome users like to call it.

The majority of users depend on extensions for everything from managing passwords, to blocking malicious scripts, blocking ads, and even taking screenshots of web pages. So it is only when Microsoft Edge gets support for extensions, that thee real game will begin.