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Most popular desktop browsers: Edge and Firefox set to overtake Safari


StatCounter has just unveiled its monthly report on the use of web browsers around the world. Unsurprisingly, Chrome remains completely unbeatable at the top of the rankings. Behind, the competition becomes much tighter with Safari, Edge and Firefox vying for second place. Indeed, the three browsers are almost on par when it comes to desktop browsers.


A year ago, Safari still had a good lead over its two other competitors Edge and Firefox. Apple’s web browser was a clear second thanks to a large number of macOS users . Today, the gap has narrowed and the Apple brand browser is now closely followed by those of Microsoft and Mozilla.

During this month of January 2022, Safari had a 9.84% market share against 9.54% for Edge and 9.18% for Firefox . However, this market share occupied by Safari is not declining and has remained at a more or less similar level over the past twelve months. The real progress is rather noticeable on the side of his opponents and in particular Edge. The Redmond company’s browser has benefited from a recent revival as well as its recent highlight on Windows 11 .

At this rate, Safari therefore risks losing its second place or even leaving the podium in favor of the two other browsers. Moreover, on certain local markets such as in Europe and more particularly in France, the Apple browser is already outdistanced by its adversaries. The trio is followed by Opera which has a 3% market share as well as Internet Explorer which still attracts 1.06% of users.


Far ahead of this pack, Chrome sits comfortably at the top of this ranking. Google’s browser has a 65.38% market share , or almost two-thirds of users. So the number of Safari, Edge, and Firefox users combined isn’t even half that of Chrome.

The Mountain View company’s browser owes its popularity above all to its great simplicity, a large number of extensions and the reliability of the system. Moreover, it also offers compatibility on many platforms. This is also one of the main obstacles to the use of Safari, which is intended more particularly for the Apple ecosystem.


Even on other media such as mobiles, Google’s browser is still well ahead of its competitors. On smartphones, Chrome has a 62.06% market share, followed by Safari with 26.71% and Samsung Internet with 5.26%. For tablets, the gap is narrowing with 46.31% of users for Chrome, 39.44% for Safari and 12.65% for the native Android browser.

Here again, Safari remains popular thanks to the dominance of Apple and its iPads in the tablet market. The significant market share of the iPhone also gives it a nice advantage. Moreover, Safari remains much more practical to use on iOS and iPadOS.

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