Chrome Market Share Hits 62%, While Firefox Dips Below 10%

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It was a little over two years ago that Chrome snatched the market share top spot from Internet Explorer. Now, in 2018, Chrome sits at a whopping 62.85 per cent, while IE and Firefox wallow at 11.82 and 9.92 respectively, according to the latest figures from Net Marketshare.

While Firefox has pipped the 10 per cent mark a number of times since May 2016, it doesn't hold a candle to Chrome's progress, which already had a 41.66 per cent share. It appears that, despite efforts to make the browser more appealing, Mozilla just can't catch a break.

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As for Edge, it sits at a sad 4.26 per cent, but I guess that isn't surprising.

It's hard to say where Mozilla went wrong (alienating extension developers didn't help), or what it can do to fight back. A glance at the Firefox roadmap reveals a lot to look forward to, from performance improvements to better developer tools, but it feels like it needs to do something radical if it wants to start the long climb back up the browser ranks.

Browser market share [Net Marketshare, via gHacks]


Comments

    I thought this might have been because phones were being taken into account, but it's the desktop share... damn. Hmm, though after looking at some of the other categories mobile, handheld, a couple of the results seem a little off. So there may be some cross-pollution of devices between categories.

    I wonder whether it's less about alienating users/developers (since Google does that too) and more about being "the newer thing". I had a bunch of friends who jumped to Chrome when it first came out (and was still pretty crap) simply because it was new so it 'must be better'. And they've been too lazy to change back or to something else.

    Probably doesn't hurt also that there is a push towards it from a lot of other products and google search itself. Do a search and it's right there saying "hey try our browser".

    There quite a few installers for various apps that have a checkbox to install Chrome, which is very clever marketing if you can afford it and Alphabet/Google obviously can. Pretty sneaky though. Afic Firefox is by far the most configurable browser, I've tried to use chrome, but the lack of a decent configurable bookmarks bar puts me right off right from the start, so FF will be my goto until Chrome can match customisation.

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