Apple's Safari Again Overtakes Microsoft Edge as Second Most Popular Desktop Browser

Apple's Safari has retaken the lead over Microsoft Edge to become the world's second most popular desktop browser, based on data provided by web analytics service StatCounter.

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According to the data, Safari is now used on 11.87 percent of desktop computers worldwide, 0.87 percent ahead of Edge, which stands at 11 percent. Google Chrome remains in first place with a dominant 66.13 percent share, and Mozilla's Firefox stands in fourth with 5.65 percent. Here's how the latest full rankings look:

  • Chrome 66.13%
  • Safari 11.87%
  • Edge 11%
  • Firefox 5.65%
  • Opera 3.09%
  • IE 0.55%

The stats look favorable for Apple compared to the same time last year, when Edge trumped Safari for second place by a small sub one-percent margin, owing to broadly positive reception of Microsoft's reimagined default browser for Windows 11.

Apple's resurgence in the browser wars corresponds to a marked increase in global Mac sales in 2022, despite supply constraints throughout the course of the year. Interest in the ‌M1‌, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, and M2 chips saw Apple's Mac revenue hit $11.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2022, up $2.5 billion year over year.

In fiscal 2022, Macs earned a total of $40.1 billion, up $5 billion from the $35 billion that Macs earned in fiscal 2021. In Q4 2022, half of Mac buyers were new to the product line, giving macOS and Apple's default Safari browser significantly more exposure.

Despite Safari's surge, it has made virtually no progress in catching up to first-placed Google Chrome, which retains an iron-clad grip on the market, with its share down just 0.51 percent compared to the previous year. Chrome's popularity on both macOS and Windows platforms continues largely unabated.

Tags: Safari, Edge

Top Rated Comments

StellarVixen Avatar
8 months ago
Edge had something going on for it, people even started to like it.

Then Microsoft turned it into ad dispenser and nagware.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Will Co Avatar
8 months ago
Safari. Ease of use across Apple platforms, Key chain integration. Privacy, or at least as much as I can get.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eddy Munn Avatar
8 months ago
I use Safari, Chrome and Firefox daily—but Safari is my main browser. On occasion it has its quirks, but it's a solid browser. The WebKit team have been working at an incredible pace to add features in the past two years. Each 'point' update has been full-featured.

Here's my list of the best Safari extensions if you plan to use it daily:

* Stop the Madness (Currently half price)
* AdGuard (Free, hands down the best content blocker)
* Noir (Dark mode styles for sites)

Also worth nothing that Orion is currently development, which uses WebKit, but also has support for Firefox and Chrome extensions.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The Cockney Rebel Avatar
8 months ago
I only use Safari.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unggoy Murderer Avatar
8 months ago
I pretty much only use Safari, and have done so for several years now. Things like the tab sync between devices, shared history, etc, all makes it really great to use.

Also lets me avoid the Google and Microsoft tentacles that are all over their respective browsers.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DarkPremiumCho Avatar
8 months ago
Edge had a decent reputation at one point, but in my opinion, Microsoft is killing it out of greed.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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