Firefox overtakes Microsoft’s browsers, but Chrome outshines the rest

17 May 2016

While Firefox has outpaced Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer browsers, Google's Chrome is on over 60pc of desktops worldwide

Mozilla’s Firefox desktop browser overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge browsers for the first time in April, according to new data from StatCounter.

According to StatCounter Global Stats, based on more than 15bn page views per month over 4m websites, Firefox took 15.6pc of worldwide desktop browser usage in April compared to a combined 15.5pc for IE and Edge.

In the US, IE and Edge combined (25.2pc) are still ahead of Firefox (13.4pc) for desktop internet usage in April. Google Chrome leads on 51.6pc.

Chrome gains globally


Google’s Chrome browser continues to lead the way with 60.5pc worldwide.

StatCounter data finds that Chrome increased worldwide internet usage from 53pc in April last year to 60.5pc in 2016 on the desktop and from 44.3pc to 47.4pc across all platforms.

In the UK, Chrome is leading on 54.2pc. IE and Edge combined have 21.8pc and Firefox is in third place with 13.2pc.

“Microsoft might have expected a boost to its overall browser share as the result of the launch of the Windows 10 with Edge but it hasn’t happened to date,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

“Chrome has continued to gain share globally.”

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years