Microsoft's biggest move to improve its browser's performance by the adoption of Blink rendering engine forked from WebKit, also used by Chrome and Opera browser, is already yielding favorable results.
The Chromium-based Edge browser was subsequently pitched to enterprise users as a preferred alternative with regards to security and privacy, which is perhaps, the main reason for gaining better market share and position according to NetMarketShare statistics report.
Firefox desktop browser according to the report saw a downward slope in popularity, ending at 7.19% in March 2020. And Microsoft Edge browser recorded an upward slope from 5.20% in March 2019 to 7.59% last month.
Full List of popular Desktop browsers for March 2020
The analytics company, Net Applications, posted that Firefox's share in March slumped to 7.19%, which is down by four-tenths of a percentage point. And it marks the fifth month in last six in which the browser shed users, but more importantly, recorded a low since Firefox climbed into limelight to challenge Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) about 15 years ago.
Mozilla Firefox's ceding of second place to Microsoft's Edge meant the second in a row for Firefox, after last month's below the 2016 slump that previously marked the browser's biggest dip.
Albeit, Firefox browser ceded second place to Chrome in March 2014 with the latter climbing ahead in the race against the then-dominant IE, however Firefox was able to regain the spot in December 2018 as Microsoft's browser lost out.
What does Microsoft Edge rise means for IE users?
Since Microsoft has maintained IE on life-support, perhaps to cater for those organizations that still need it to run some specific web apps or intranet sites, which are not worth a refresh, IE's share will most likely suffer as the new Edge's share rises.
The new Edge browser includes the much anticipated IE mode, which makes the stand-alone Internet Explorer worthless for most businesses that may have resorted to it for access to legacy internal sites.
Nonetheless, the new feat achieved by Microsoft Edge cannot be ignored; as it has only been three months since the company released the Chromium-based Edge browser.