The tens began for desktop browsers with Internet Explorer dominating and Firefox being a tough competitor, with market shares in excess of 30% in their hey days. They ended up with Internet Explorer in 404 error mode: nightmare not found, with Chrome replacing the space left free by Microsoft’s ill-fated browser and leading even more easily … and with Firefox coming to a halt.
Now, 2021 is going to close like the second year in a row that, for the first time in many moons, Chrome has regressed and lost market share. Nothing too worrying for those who are still the king without discussion, but they are already three points less in two years.
Out of 10 users, 7 use Chrome, 1 use Firefox, another Safari, and another Edge
In this time, Firefox has not been the one who has capitalized on the fall of Chrome. Upside down. Not a single year of the last decade Firefox has ended with a quota that was better than the previous year. It no longer reaches 8%, despite the good news that it has been introducing, both in the browser itself and in its small ecosystem, with add-ons such as your own VPN.
Those who have capitalized on this small fall in Chrome and this disaster in Firefox have been Microsoft and Apple. The first, with Edge, the browser with which he wanted to leave behind the ghosts of the past and that so good results is giving.
Edge has brought good news such as reading articles aloud, a very good synchronization with the mobile browser, a very refined resource consumption compared to Chrome and its excessive load of Google services, or a good job at the time of installing progressive web applications.
Thanks to these advances (already Microsoft’s insistence), Edge is already the third, and has a shot at the second, with whom he has cut distances. That second is Safari, the other winner in question. Although the Chrome boom penalized it in the first half of the past decade, it has made a big comeback, possibly due to a combination of several factors:
This conjuncture could well be interpreted as simple thunderstorms on the sunny day that Chrome has lived in for more than ten years, but also as an early notice that nothing is foreverEspecially when big rivals do their homework and improve their products so much that why bother downloading a third-party alternative. Even if it is from Google itself.