“You may not need Chrome anymore. That’s how sharp Tom Warren was after testing the new Microsoft Edge, the company’s browser that succeeded Internet Explorer and now adopts the Chromium engine. It will soon appear in Windows 10, and will be a further step in what many already consider harmful: that more and more browsers are based on the Chrome engine .
It is considered harmful for the same reason that people ended up hating Internet Explorer in its day: as soon as the range of browsers was diversified all the sites had chosen to optimize only on the old Microsoft browser. If the same thing happens now with Chrome… what can happen with Safari and its rendering engine?
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Let’s take a look at the figures. Here is the desktop browser market right now according to Statcounter calculations:
As you can see, Chrome holds 71.6% of the market share while the rest of the browsers share ” the crumbs ” that remain. Firefox has 8.72% of the share, Safari has 5.77% and Edge has even less: 4.34%. And now that the latter has adopted the Chrome engine, for all intents and purposes it’s as if Chrome now has three quarters of the entire market .
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Personally I see it in many of the users I serve: they end up preferring Chrome because ” is the most widely used browser “. Safari stays almost only in macOS, defending privacy and blocking tracking that many services and websites apply. The question is whether that will be enough to try to gain some more market share in the future… and that is if Apple is still concerned about this.
Perhaps the mission that Apple takes most seriously now is market share in mobile browsers, since iOS is the system that is most interested in being taken up right now:
Chrome’s 56.74% market share in the mobile market denotes that Android is the most used operating system, but Safari has a much stronger presence than the desktop: 21.29% . This is directly related to the use of iOS, as there is no version of Safari available that works on Android.
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Thus, Chrome seems to have conquered the desktop with even Microsoft recognizing it and joining it by adopting the Google rendering engine. And in the mobile market it’s winning too, but Safari has over a fifth of the market and is holding its own. It remains to be seen if the strategy Apple has used so far will continue to serve in the future … and if Chrome will be able to hold on with such a share in the long term.