Since the discontinuation of Internet Explorer in favor of Microsoft's new Edge browser, the legacy program has started to decrease in number of users as they flock to other browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The latest browser statistics from NetMarketShare seem to affirm just that, stating that Internet Explorer, in combination with Edge, lost 40 million users in the past month.
According to the report, Chrome is still the most popular web browser today, sitting comfortably at 55% market share at the end of October. Meanwhile, Internet Explorer is on a constant decline, from 25.63% to 23.13%. Mozilla Firefox also seems to have benefited from the demise of Internet Explorer, rising from 9.19% market share, to 11.14 in the past month.
Microsoft Edge is still on a very slow growth, with its browser market share increasing by only 0.10, from September's 5.16% to 5.26 for October. According to Computerworld, Internet Explorer and Edge were run by 466 million users, a decline of 40 million from September's 506 million. Since the start of the year, Microsoft's browsers have lost 331 million users, which apparently continues until today.
These trends are showing that despite Microsoft's push for Windows 10, which includes Edge built right in, users are opting to use other browsers like Chrome and Firefox. Looking at NetMarketShare's statistics, Edge is merely at Safari's share level, with no signs of a possible spike in user adoption in the future. Only one thing is clear, given today's trends: Chrome will continue to reign as king of the browsers in the future, while Internet Explorer is on its way out.