The folks at NetMarketShare have released the latest numbers for the month of April 2016, and there’s some bad news for Microsoft when it comes to browsers (via ComputerWorld). Google Chrome browser has surpassed Microsoft Internet Explorer for the month of April just by a small margin. Internet Explorer fell from 43.40 percent to 41.35 percent in the month of April, while the result for Google Chrome was opposite — it rose by 2.57 percent to 41.66 percent last month. The difference is really minor between the market share of both browsers, but judging by the trend, it seems Chrome will have a noticeable lead in the browsers market in the coming months.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is continuously declining from the past few months, despite the fact that the company released the Microsoft Edge browser with Windows 10 — which is also classed under Internet Explorer by NetMarketShare. On the other hand, people are switching to rival browsers such as Google Chrome. Things aren’t too great for Firefox either as it declines to 9.76 percent in April. Firefox was a decent browser some time back and it’s a little surprising to see that the company didn’t make an official statement about the continuous decline of the browser, or if they’re doing anything to improve it.
As for Apple’s Safari and Opera, the change was negligible with both operating systems residing at 4.91 and 1.89 percent respectively. Both these browsers have resided along this number over the past few months and we’re not sure if we’re going to see them in the top numbers any time soon.
Back in August 2014, Microsoft asked its users to make a switch to Internet Explorer 11 as the company will no longer provide security patches for the old browser. This may have had a negative impact on the browser usage and may have forced the consumers to make a switch to Chrome, which is much more stable and offers a lot of features to its users.