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331 million people ditched Internet Explorer and Edge this year


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Microsoft introduced its Edge browser in Windows 10; the browser is Microsoft’s latest attempt to fend off the mass exodus from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome and other competing browsers. It’s not working.

New data from Net Applications cited by Computerworld suggests that 331 million people have left Microsoft’s Edge and Internet Explorer browsers for other platforms, such as Chrome, this year alone. Just to put that figure in perspective, it represents about the population of the entire United States. People aren’t just leaving in droves, they’re fleeing. Net Applications said only 466 million users were using Internet Explorer or Edge at the end of October. That represents a massive 40 million person decline from the month prior.

IE and Edge users aren’t just walking away, they’re running

Microsoft is trying to keep its users, no doubt, by trying to convince everyone that Edge is much better at battery management. It introduced features like Cortana support, pinned tabs and more, but none of those functions seem to be worth sticking around for. Chrome, a notorious system hog, wasn’t the main beneficiary this time, though. Instead, Computerworld said that Mozilla’s Firefox saw a user increase of about 2 percentage points, gathering a large chunk of the 2.7 percent of the user’s bailing from Microsoft’s ship. The pace doesn’t seem to be slowing, either, with a decline predicted to continue into the next several months according to Computerworld.

Edge is still the default browser in Windows 10, a fantastic new operating system from Microsoft, but that’s not enough to keep users hanging on. I use Chrome, for example, because it keeps everything in sync across my mobile devices, too. Microsoft doesn’t have a mobile browser presence, which means I can only use Edge when I’m on a PC. That’s not how we interact with the Web anymore, so Microsoft is either needs to adapt or continue bleeding out.