Microsoft officially announced that there are more than 150 million active devices running Edge. With this stat, it seems the company managed to leave behind the mire of Internet Explorer and find the necessary resources to convince users its browser is worth using.
Microsoft’s Edge launched eight months ago and according to the numbers, the browser has a similar browser market share as Google Chrome’s first eight month launch period. The most important increase in users number occurred during the January/February 2016 period when Edge’s browsing share almost doubled.
The success could be explained by the updates Microsoft released, which added 6,527 bug fixes and 128 new features. It’s likely they helped the company convince users to try its new browser by upgrading the quality of the browsing experience. In total, over the past eight months, the Edge team rolled out 12 updates.
Another proof of Microsoft’s quality-oriented strategy is its bug tracking site. There, users can report various issues encountered while browsing, with the data automatically sent to the engineering team in charge with improving the browser. The issues list is made public so users can check whether a particular bug has already been reported. (To check it yourself, click on the “Recently Updated” tab and browse through the list.) You can also keep track of the issues you have reported by clicking on “My Issues.”
Microsoft is committed to analyzing all the issues reported and they confirmed this at the Edge Summit:
Part of powering the web platform for hundreds of millions of customers is figuring out what to do with all the bugs – bugs in the browser, bugs in web sites, and bugs in framework and third party apps. Our ecosystem team works with developers of every size to chase down issues impacting our mutual customers and to build a better browser for everyone.
The company is very proud of their first new browser launched in twenty years and promises there is more to come:
In 2015, Microsoft launched its first new browser in 20 years: Microsoft Edge. After 8 months, it’s on a great trajectory but we’re just getting started.