According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, from March 2015 to February 2017, the use of Microsoft’s IE and Edge on Windows and Apple’s Safari browser plummeted.
Two years ago, the Volish browsers were run by 62 per cent of Windows PC owners. Last month, the figure had fallen by more than half, to just 27 percent. An estimated 69 per cent of all Mac owners used Safari to go online. But by last month, that number had dropped to 56 percent, a drop of 13 percentage points — representing a decline of nearly a fifth of the share of two years prior.
Simultaneous with the decline of IE and Safari has been the rise of Chrome. The user share of Google’s browser — its share of all browsers on all operating systems — more than doubled in the last two years, jumping from 25 percent in March 2015 to 59.5 percent last month. Along the way, Chrome supplanted IE to become the world’s most-used browser.
In the last 24 months, Mozilla’s Firefox — the other major browser alternative to Chrome for macOS users — has barely budged, losing just two-tenths of a percentage point in user share.