The above graph represents the monthly distribution of the world’s top 10 desktop browsers by their market share. Interestingly, the top 3 desktop browsers now capture 84.38% of the total market, leaving 26 browsers to compete for the remaining 15.62% of the market. Google Chrome has been dominating the worldwide desktop browser market for the last 2 years. This is followed by the Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Last Updated20 August 2019
Graph ID434
DurationMay 2016 – July 2019

According to the NetMarketShare, Chrome browser accounted for a whopping 68.6% share of the total desktop browser market as of July 2019. That’s a significant increase when compared to the previous month’s figure i.e. 66.29%.

Firefox currently stands at the second spot in the global desktop market. However, Mozilla’s Firefox share in the desktop market declined to 8.34% in July 2019, from 9.68% in July 2018.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, once the most widely used web browser, has secured the 3rd spot in the desktop browser market with 7.44% share in July 2019.

Top Desktop Browser Market Share: History!

There’s always been a neck and neck competition between Internet Explorer and Firefox in terms of browser market share. In May 2016, Internet Explorer and Firefox accounted for 14.89% and 14.79% share of the global desktop browser market, respectively.

It was the first time in May 2018 when the share of Firefox in the desktop market declined to single digits i.e. 9.92%. Similarly, September 2018 was the first time when Internet Explorer market share declined to single digits i.e. 9.94%.

While Google Chrome has always been accounting for more than half of the desktop browser market worldwide. In July 2016, Chrome had a 55.50% worldwide browser market share on traditional PCs (includes desktops and laptops), which increased to 59.65% in July 2017 and 64.67% in July 2018.

About Web Browsers: Additional Information

A web browser is a software application that people use for accessing the information on the World Wide Web (www). The popular web browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Edge, etc.

The world’s first web browser – WorldWideWeb (later renamed to Nexus) – was created in 1990 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. However, it was discontinued in 1994.

On August 16, 1995, Microsoft released Internet Explorer, which soon became the world’s widely used web browser across all platforms. In fact, due to its immense popularity, the market share of Internet Explorer browser even peaked at over 95% in 2002. However, its usage of Microsoft IE started declining slowly after the launch of Firefox in 2004 and Google Chrome in 2008.

Currently, Google Chrome is the world’s most used web browser across all platforms such as desktop/laptop, mobile, and tablet.

Apple released Safari browser on January 7, 2003. Safari comes as the default browser on all Apple devices including iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, etc.

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