Microsoft just got a double dose of bad news. NetMarketShare – a leading firm when it comes to monitoring marketshare for mobile, web browsers, operating systems, search engines, and social media – has shared its statistics for February 2020 …and it’s not good news for Microsoft.
Following the decision to drop support for Windows 7 in January 14, Microsoft pushed users to stop using the desktop operating system. As the Redmond-based company will no longer be issuing new security patches or bug fixes for the operating system – continuing to use the software could leave users vulnerable to hackers. However, the latest NetMarketShare statistics suggest that people haven’t been abandoning Windows 7 in their droves.
In fact, Windows 7 is still comfortably the most popular version of Windows with 25.20 percent. In January, Windows 7 accounted for 25.56 percent. And while Windows 10 has seen an uptick, it’s far from substantial – rising from 57.08 percent in January to 57.39 percent in February. That’s probably not the surge in demand that Microsoft had hoped for when it started to plaster Windows 7 users’ devices with fullscreen warnings about the dangers of persisting with the out-of-support operating system.
And that’s not the only bad news for Microsoft from NetMarketShare.
Despite launching an overhauled version of its Microsoft Edge web browser – built using the same Chromium engine that underpins Google Chrome. This means you won’t run into any incompatibility issues when navigating to sites optimised for Chrome, which currently accounts for 67.66 percent of all desktop web browser sessions worldwide.
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But despite a dramatic visual overhaul and the same guts as Chrome, Microsoft hasn’t managed to convince many Chrome users to switch over to the app, which is the default in Windows 10. From January to February, Microsoft’s web browser edged from a 7.02 percent marketshare worldwide to 7.39 percent.
Not only that, but Google Chrome registered a jump during the same timeframe. The Google-designed browser now holds a hefty 67.27 percent marketshare and is trailed by Mozilla Firefox which is used by 7.57 percent of desktop surfers globally.
Whether it will take time for Windows 10 users to come around to Edge as the new default remains to be seen.
But Google is certainly a fan of what the engineering teams at Microsoft are doing – even going so far as to lift a few of the exclusive features planned for Edge for its own browser.