On stage at its Edge Web Summit 2017 event, Microsoft announced that its Edge browser is now in use on more than 330 million monthly active devices (via Venturebeat). That's more than double the number Microsoft last reported when it revealed Edge was being used on more than 150 million active devices in April 2016.
Microsoft Edge first launched alongside Windows 10 in 2015 as an attempt to move on from Internet Explorer. Edge is available across the more than 500 million Windows 10 devices around the world, which includes PCs, Xbox One, and Windows 10 Mobile.
In terms of the competition, Microsoft still has a way to go before it catches up. According to its most recent official numbers, Google says Chrome has more than 1 billion monthly active users across desktop and mobile platforms. Meanwhile, Mozilla claims that half a billion people around the world use its Firefox browser.
It's worth noting that active devices don't equal the number of actual users, as one Edge user may be using it on more than one device. Likewise, more than one person can use the same device. Additionally, this doesn't necessarily provide any insight into whether the browser is consistently being used for the majority of browsing on 330 million machines; even if Edge is only used once in a month, that's counted as an active device. Still, 330 million monthly active devices are nothing to sneeze at, particularly when compared to the last official numbers from Microsoft.
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