Microsoft Edge Browser Market Share Falls As New Car Smell Wears Off

As the userbase for Windows 10 grows, so too will Microsoft's Edge browser, or so the Redmond outfit hopes. Whether or not it actually plays out that way remains to be seen. At this early stage, stats show that Windows 10 users aren't clinging to Edge, and instead are turning to other browsers for their daily surfing needs.

Since Edge is only available for Windows 10, stat crunching number nerds have it easy when it comes to analyzing the percentage of Windows 10 users running the browser. There's simply less data to sift through than for browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, all of which are available on different versions of Windows, as well as Mac OS X and Linux.

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So, what do the numbers say? If going by the data from Net Applications, the percentage of Windows 10 users running Edge declined from 39 percent in August to 31.2 percent three months later in November. What that suggests is that users who first upgraded to Windows 10 were willing to kick Edge's tires, but eventually parked the browser when the newness of it wore off.

StatCounter tells a similar story, only with different numbers. According to StatCounter, Edge started off much lower at 15.2 percent in August, but also declined in the three months to follow, falling to 12.9 percent at the end of November.

It's pretty clear that Edge is doing a poor job attracting and maintaining interest among Windows 10 users, though it should be noted that Microsoft hasn't yet added support for extensions. That's a pretty standard feature for browsers these days, and when support for extensions rolls out next year, it will be interesting to see if Edge's usage numbers go up instead of down.