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Top web browsers 2018: Microsoft’s IE and Edge shed share as Chrome gains

Browsers built by Microsoft and Mozilla jettisoned some of their precious user share in January, while Google’s broke out of a months-long malaise by grabbing what its rivals lost, and then some.

According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, the user share of Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge – the estimated portion of all personal computer owners who ran those browsers – fell by half a percentage point to 16.5% in January.

After a one-month reprieve from losses – IE+Edge had climbed in December – Microsoft’s browsers returned to their long-time pattern of decline. The 16.5% mark was the second-lowest for Microsoft’s combined user share in the decade that Computerworld has recorded Net Applications’ numbers.

Together, the two browsers ran on about 19% of all Windows PCs, or on slightly less than one in five systems. That was the lowest-ever share of Windows PCs for the pair and stood in stark contrast to the 52% they accounted for just two years ago.

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