According to September data from NetMarketShare, Microsoft Edge was only able to retain its 5.16% desktop browser share last month, amidst the continuously growing Windows 10 user base. In the same time, Internet Explorer fell from 27.38% to 25.48%. New data from Net Applications, however, paints a similar scenario, with the combined browser share of Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge being down 1.9 percentage points to 30.6%. Based on Microsoft stats for Windows 10 installations and those numbers, Computerworld estimates that about 292 million users might have switched from Internet Explorer or Edge to another browser. Although Microsoft continues to improve the limited feature set of Edge, which now also supports extensions, this so far has no effect on retention. Edge has not gained more market share at all amidst a large increase of Windows 10 instalations. While every new Windows 10 user gets introduced to Microsoft Edge as the default browser, many of them quickly seem to jump off to Chrome or Firefox. Hiding Internet Explorer as a secondary option inside Windows 10 might not be the smartest move either. As many users might not even notice the option to Internet Explorer instead of Edge, this could translate into a even bigger drop-off rate.
Microsoft Browser Market Share Declines: Internet Explorer down, Edge Stays Flat
Recent market share stats for desktop browsers have revealed a further decline for Microsoft´s Internet Explorer. Microsoft Edge does not see any progress so far, despite the large increase of Windows 10 installations.