Microsoft Edge overtakes Apple’s Safari to become the world’s second most popular desktop browser based on data provided by the web analytics service StatCounter.

In February, Microsoft Edge was on the verge of catching Safari with less than half a percentage point (9.54% to 9.84%) between the two browsers in terms of popularity among desktop users. The latest StatCounter data shows that the Edge is already used on 10.07% of desktops worldwide, up 0.46% from Safari; the latter fell to 9.61%.

Google Chrome still holds the lead with 66.58% of all desktop users. And Mozilla’s Firefox had only 7.87% of the share, a significant drop from the 9.18% share it had in February. The new data was first reported by MacRumors.

The advantage of Edge in other browsers differs significantly depending on the location. In the US, for example, Edge lags far behind Safari – Edge has only 12.55% market share, while Safari claims 17.1%. In Europe, Edge has long outpaced Safari by 11.73% and 9.36%, respectively.

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The most popular desktop browsers in the world according to StatCounter

Firefox has never had a big market share to begin with. And it has no marketing influence on either Microsoft or Google, which means lower brand awareness – and virtually none outside the technical community, according to Jack Gold, chief analyst at research firm J. Gold Associates.

“So I don’t think Firefox will ever be more than a niche alternative to the other guys,” Gold said.

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