How Microsoft Edge adoption stacks up against other major browsers

Microsoft released Windows 10 with an edge-bait, and making the operating system free for the first time, ensured millions of users of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 taking advantage to get their copy in no time, in fact about 75 million people upgraded to Windows 10 within just a month.

StatCounter’s global stats, puts Windows 10 adoption rates to about 5.34%, just after one week of the release, comparing Windows 7 which only reached 4.05 percent usage after its debut six years ago, and Windows 8 only achieved 1 percent of usage.

Now, how does Windows 10 adoption impact Microsoft's newest browser, Edge? If you had set Firefox or Chrome as your default Web browser in Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 upgrading to Windows 10 will automatically reset it to Edge.

And given the technical tussle required for people to reset their browser, introduced by Microsoft in Windows 10, now taking more than twice the number of clicks, while scrolling through hidden settings. So many people find it difficult to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows.

Albeit, when a user upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10 with "express settings" selected, it does indeed reset all default apps and their file associations, but requires a bit more effort to set new default apps.

Still, StatCounter notes that usage of Microsoft’s new Edge browser has steadily decreased since late July, and perhaps, many users haven’t really hit the “make default” button on Windows 10 to Edge, keeping in their old comfort zone usually with Chrome or Firefox.
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