Statcounter has published its latest report, which reveals information about different browsers on different platforms and operating systems. The overall picture hasn’t changed — Google Chrome is number one with out-of-reach share, while Edge, Safari, and Firefox continue to battle for second place.
Note: Statcounter results are not 100% accurate, so take such reports with a reasonable size of salt. You can learn how Statcounter collects its data. In the Official Fact Sheet.
According to Statcounter, Chrome currently holds a 66.16% market share. In December 2022, Google’s browser lost just 0.02 points (down from 66.18% in November 2022), which is probably just a margin of error. Microsoft Edge is surprisingly the second most popular desktop browser with a more modest 10.99% (-0.18 points).
Safari is the only non-cross-platform browser in the report, and its macOS exclusivity makes it difficult for Apple to extend its current market share. Statcounter claims that Apple Safari currently holds 8.98% (-0.61 points). Firefox is fourth with 7.22% (+0.12 points), and Opera is fifth with 3.29% (-0.3 points).
As we enter the unknown of 2023, let’s look at browser shares compared to previous years to track year-over-year growth or decline.
The overall picture hasn’t changed much for well-established players. Google Chrome has remained stable with periodic ups and downs at 65-70%, and the same applies to Apple Safari with its 9% market share. Firefox experienced a notable decline in users from around 10% in early 2020 to 7.22% currently.
Microsoft Edge shows that disrupting the desktop browser market is an extremely difficult task even for Microsoft, with 1+ billion active Windows devices capable of running Chromium-based Edge. Although Microsoft Edge continues to climb, its year-over-year growth is less than 2%. It’s difficult for users to make the jump from Chrome to Edge, which is why Microsoft sometimes resorts to un-user-friendly ways to impose Edge, using all sorts of annoying methods.
You can find more details about the latest Statcounter monthly report. On the official website.