If you’ve jumped from using a Microsoft browser to Chrome in the last couple years, you’re far from alone. People are deserting built-in browsers at record rates, and Microsoft is taking the brunt of the damage, according to analytics firm Net Applications.
The browsers that accompany the Windows operating system have seen a 35 percent decline – just 27 percent of Windows users are using Microsoft’s products to browse the web.
Apple’s own Safari Browser has seen a drop-off as well – 13 percent over the same period, to a market share of 56 percent.
The Rise of Chrome
While we’ve watched those included browsers’ market shares falling, though, Google Chrome’s has been rising and is now the world’s most-used browser. In the same period, Chrome’s share jumped from 25 percent to 59.5 percent.
Network World suggests that Microsoft’s substantial drop in percentage points is a result of the company retiring Internet Explorer versions 9 and 10 last year, forcing an upgrade to IE11.
That call for retirement is good for the health of the internet overall, as outdated browsers start to cause more problems by continuing to exist than upgrading would.
Safari, on the other hand, is the same as it ever was – Apple has consistently revised the browser as it is in-place. Apple users are used to upgrading their operating systems, but never have to touch their browsers. Network World adds that the huge shift to Chrome on Windows could have influenced the smaller shift on macOS thanks to the users who end up using both operating systems throughout the day. Chrome’s presence on both iOS and Android devices probably doesn’t hurt, either. Having the same set of bookmarks, browser history, and saved information on a Mac, a Windows PC, and a mobile device is undeniably convenient.
Firefox users, though, are hardcore stalwarts. Mozilla Firefox lost two-tenths of a percentage point over the two year period. Those who were going to switch from Firefox to Chrome did so years ago, and those of you left apparently aren’t going anywhere. Now that is loyalty.