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Statcounter Reveals Safari May Pass Microsoft Edge to Become Second Most-Used Desktop Browser

Microsoft Edge saw its market share on desktop fall last month, Allowing Apple Safari to catch up with its own growth.

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Over the last couple of months, has been riding the wave of AI through Bing Chat and its copilot integration in Microsoft Edge. The company has been looking ahead and openly declaring war on , the dominant name in search and web browsing. However, it seems Microsoft should have been looking over its shoulder.

In its February 2023 report, Statcounter reveals that 's browser is close to overtaking as the second-most popular desktop web browser.

During last month, took 66.12% of the market share and is still the dominant leader. While it did decline as other browsers gained more users, Chrome only fell 0.29 points month on month.

Desktop browser Janauary market share

Microsoft Edge is clinging on to second place with 10.84% but fell -0.24 points. Apple Safari took third with 10.14% and is up 0.83 points. If this trend (Edge down, Safari up) continues, Microsoft's browser will lose its market position during this month.

February desktop browser market share

Of course, Microsoft will hope the integration of the new Bing chat into Edge will drive users to the browser. Although, users are free to access Bing on any other browser.

Desktop Market Share

  1. Google Chrome – 66.12% (-0.29)
  2. Microsoft Edge – 10.84% (-0.24)
  3. Apple Safari – 10.14% (+0.83)
  4. Mozilla Firefox – 6.84% (-0.03)
  5. Opera – 3.21% (-0.2)

On mobile, Microsoft Edge doesn't even make a blip in the top five, with Google Chrome staying dominant and Safari doing well on iOS:

  1. Google Chrome – 66.08% (-0.7)
  2. Apple Safari – 23.97% (-0.45)
  3. Samsung Internet – 4.37% (-0.09)
  4. Opera – 1.71% (-0.06)
  5. UC Browser – 1.46% (-0.01)

And the combined market share for mobile and desktop:

  1. Google Chrome – 65.74% (+0.31)
  2. Apple Safari – 18.86% (+0.17)
  3. Microsoft Edge – 4.27% (-0.19)
  4. Mozilla Firefox – 2.92% (-0.09)
  5. Samsung Internet – 2.6% (-0.01)

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.