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  • Update in the browser wars: If you ain’t Chrome, you ain’t jack

    Posted on August 3rd, 2018 at 07:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer has his usual monthly report in Computerworld, with some unusual findings:

    Chrome added nearly 4 percentage points to its user share in July (per Net Applications), ending at 64.7%. The last time a browser owned that large a chunk of the world’s browser market was in late 2009, when IE accounted for two-thirds of the total… Edge remains a flop. In July, just 11.5% of all Windows 10 users relied on Edge, a record low for the long-struggling browser.

    Remember that Windows 10 in S Mode only runs Edge. No other choice. And the new, fawned-over Surface Go starts with Win10 Home in S Mode.

  • Keizer on Web browsers: Being the default does little good

    Posted on July 3rd, 2018 at 14:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Nice bit of analysis from Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer:

    The browsers bundled with operating systems, notably Microsoft’s Edge and Apple’s Safari, fell to new lows last month as they continued to lose users, showing that being the default no longer provided a significant advantage…

    There’s no other way to put it: Edge is a flop. In the face of some significant barriers put up by Microsoft — among them a multistep process to change Windows 10’s browser default — users have clearly rejected the browser.

    Any wonder why the Timeline feature in 1803 (which only works with Edge and Office, really) just doesn’t move the needle?

  • Keizer: Microsoft’s browsers are dying

    Posted on March 2nd, 2018 at 11:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Er, dieing. Sorry.

    Gregg Keizer has a good look at the rapid decline of the IE (+ Edge) hegemony.

    Even though IE showed an uptick in usage last month, per Net Applications, the prognosis for Microsoft browsers is dismal:

    By the time Microsoft retires Windows 7, and for effective purposes, IE as well, Windows 10 should have reached a user share (of all Windows) of around 63.6%, assuming its climb continues on the past year’s trend line. If Edge hasn’t, well, edged up as a share of all Windows 10 by that time – and all evidence is that it will not – then Microsoft’s active browser share will be in the single digits, perhaps as low as 6%.

    Hard to imagine IE + Edge at 6%, but then again Windows Phone took a hard, fast fall, too.

  • IE and Edge nudge back up in market share

    Posted on January 2nd, 2018 at 15:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Gregg Keizer at Computerworld:

    According to Net Applications… the user share of Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge… bumped up seven-tenths of a percentage point to end 2017 at 17% — although the uptick recovered only a fifth of the massive loss from the month prior

    Only 14% of browser usage in Windows 10 is from Edge.

  • Edge is in much worse shape than originally thought

    Posted on December 12th, 2017 at 08:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Great analysis from Gregg Keizer at Computerworld:

    Analytics firm Net Applications revised its methodology to cull bots from its browser share numbers and found that as much as half of the traffic to Edge on Windows 10 was artificially inflated.

    For those running Windows 10, Edge accounts for 10 to 11% of all browser usage, and IE hovers below 10%.

    With Firefox’s new-found moxie, we have a real horse race going here. May the best browser win.

    Until the next one comes along.

  • Microsoft Edge usage falls even further

    Posted on November 1st, 2017 at 14:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Bet you didn’t think it was possible.

    Gregg Keizer has the details:

    According to … Net Applications, the user share of Edge … fell by six-tenths of a percentage point, ending October at 4.6%. The decline was the largest ever for Edge, and set the browser back to the user share spot it last occupied in April 2016.

    Edge is a decent, if incomplete, browser. Its main problem: Nobody wants to run a Microsoft browser.

  • Keizer: Microsoft takes struggling Edge browser to iOS, Android

    Posted on October 8th, 2017 at 09:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In theory, you can now test Edge on both iPhone/iPads and on Android phones and tablets.

    In actuality, Microsoft hit Apple’s limit on the number of iPhone testers very early Saturday morning, it hasn’t yet allowed iPad users into the test. And it doesn’t have the Android version out yet.

    Gregg Keizer covers it all in Computerworld.

    Every indication I’ve seen so far is that Edge on the iPhone is quite unstable. It just leaves me asking, Why? Chrome browser already has all the syncing stuff – I use it all the time. Safari syncs with Apple products. Why would anybody use an also-ran browser just because it has Microsoft’s name on it?

    P.S. As soon as the Android version is available, I’ll try it. So you don’t have to, of course.

  • IE + Edge are now less than 20% of desktop market share

    Posted on October 4th, 2017 at 16:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Good rundown from Gregg Keizer at Computerworld:

    Top web browsers 2017: Microsoft takes another thrashing

    Nor has Edge taken up enough of the slack as IE’s share has plunged. Last month, Edge ran on a record-low 17.7% of Windows 10 personal computers. Edge’s share has diminished since Windows 10’s debut — it accounted for 39% of all Windows 10 in mid-2015 — even as the operating system’s share has grown dramatically.