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.
Last year, I spent a chunk of time playing around with different browsers. Microsoft Edge, much to much dismay, got a run for a couple of weeks. I mucked around with the early days of the Firefox Quantum beta. And then, just like everyone else, I went back to Chrome.Read more
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.