Well, then, it must be Apple’s Safari? Nope. Good guess, though. It’s not even Google’s Chrome. It’s Google’s Chromium platform, which owns Chrome, Microsoft’s new Edge browser, and dozens of other popular browsers. Microsoft is out of the browser game. If not for two browsers hanging on for dear life, Google won.
There once was another time when browser wars were thought to be over. Back when Netscape was the best browser experience on planet earth. Then along came Microsoft, fearful for its Windows and Office livelihood and it drummed Netscape out of existence. That was then and this is now.
Today, it’s Google’s Chrome at 69-percent, and Chromium combo, which owns then entire browser market; Microsoft is dying while Google is flying. Among PCs, Mac included, Mozilla’s Firefox gets barely 9-percent marketshare, Safari less than 4-percent, and nothing else really counts. Among PC and Mac users, Google’s Chrome takes home the prize.
That’s among desktop and notebook users. The browser picture is familiar among smartphones and tablets, but the end result is the same.
Google’s Chrome wins.
Here, Chrome gets a paltry 64-percent, while Safari comes in at over 27-percent. After that, well, it’s a laughing stock with no browser getting more than 2-percent. It’s a two-horse race in the mobile world. Google’s Chromium wins with over 60-percent of desktop and mobile, while Apple’s Safari and iOS come in second at barely 40-percent (all browsers on iOS are basically Safari underneath).
The competition just ain’t what it used to be. Microsoft snoozed for a decade and the end result is a loss of the browser platform it once owned. Years ago Apple recognized the need to put its future into its own hands and Safari survives to the point of prosperity.
The winner? Google.
The loser? Microsoft.
2nd place: Apple.
Last place: Mozilla’s Firefox.