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Google became most popular web browser

It’s been ages since people stopped using Microsoft Internet Explorer and its decline has been a long time coming but 2016 was the year when IE actually lost its popularity through relatively increased users of Google Chrome. 2016 was chrome’s year when it beat Microsoft to become the most popular way to browse the web. Internet Explorer had a lead at the beginning of the year 2016 with 40.88% but then it dropped to about 21% by the end of the year 2016.

According to a report Ars Technica, the usage for Google Chrome flowed up, while the number of users on Internet Explorer tapered off. Microsoft announced a new web browser that eventually revealed as Windows 10, Edge. Edge actually might be the cause of losing web users because it's only available on Windows 10. At the start of 2016, only 10 percent of Internet users had Windows 10, a figure that reached 24 percent by the end of the year. By the end of 2015, Internet Explorer had 46 percent of web users, still making it famous.

On the contrary, the platform-agnostic Chrome browser started the year with its share from 32 percent this time and ended to 56 percent by the end of 2016, meaning it’s used by a majority of web users in general. According to Net Market Share statistics, Chrome started the year with about 36% usage statistics and steadily surged to 56% by the end of 2016.

Longtime underdog Firefox gained much of the remainder, with 12 percent of web users favoring it, leaving behind around six percent of people using undersized browsers like Opera, Vivaldi, and Brave.

On a serious note, it’s time for Microsoft to take strict steps if they want to stay relevant in the internet browsers market. Updates and approaches are crucial to winning the browser war. However, Microsoft has been making attempts in upgrading its new browser Edge with extensions and algorithms, but there is still a long way to go up to even challenge Google Chrome.

 

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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