The above graph represents the monthly distribution of the desktop browser market share worldwide. Interestingly, the top 3 desktop browsers now capture 86.13% of the total market, leaving other browsers to compete for the remaining 13.87% of the market. Google Chrome has been dominating the worldwide desktop browser market for the last 2 years. This is followed by the Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.

Last Updated17 October 2019
Graph ID511
DurationJan 2009 to Oct 2019

According to the StatCounter, Chrome browser accounted for a whopping 69.08% share of the total desktop browser market in September 2019. This was a 2.07 percentage point decline from the previous month when the Chrome desktop browser market share was 71.15%.

Firefox currently stands at the second spot in the global desktop market, but the market share declined in September 2019. Mozilla’s Firefox share in the desktop market declined to 9.54% in September month, compared to 10.94% in the year-ago period. However, there was a negligible 0.02 percentage point increase in the Firefox desktop market share when compared to August 2019.

Apple’s Safari browser which runs only on iOS devices captured 7.4% of the desktop browser market, globally. That’s a significant increase in its market share compared to August month when the Safari was running only on 5.8% of the MAC devices, worldwide.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, once the most widely used web browser, has secured the 4th spot in the worldwide desktop browser market with 5.15% share as of September 2019.

Top Desktop Browser Market Share: History!

As the graph shows, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was dominating the global desktop market with over 50% share between January 2009 and August 2010. After that, it started declining due to the popularity of the Chrome browser. It was the first time in October 2016 when the share of IE in the global desktop market declined to single digits i.e. 9.73%. At that time, the Google’s Chrome was running on 63.19% of all desktop and laptop devices.

Microsoft launched its Edge browser for Windows 10 and Xbox One in July 2015. The adoption of Edge browser on desktop/laptop devices is comparatively low – increased from 0.82% in August 2015 to 3.11% in August 2016.

As of September 2019, Microsoft Edge browser manages a bit over 4.7% market share on traditional PCs and laptops.

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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