What you need to know
- Microsoft Edge has reached 600 million people, according to a job listing.
- Microsoft shifted its strategy for the browser over the last few years.
- Microsoft Edge is now available on all major platforms, and many versions use the Chromium engine.
Updated January 5, 2020: This story has been updated to clarify the difference between reaching 600 million customers and having 600 million users.
Microsoft shifted its strategy for its Edge browser over the last few years. The company switched the Windows version of the browser to the Chromium engine and shipped Edge to every major platform, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. That shift in strategy appears to have paid off. According to a Microsoft job listing, the Edge browser now reaches 600 million customers.
In the job listing for a principal software engineer working on Microsoft Edge, the company states:
Microsoft Edge declared a while back that it will be making the web better through more open source collaboration while Edge promises to continue to enable customers to do more. With the general availability Edge has already reached 600 million customers and is taking a fresh approach to browsing by putting the end user at the center and meeting the user where they are, shipping on Windows 10, down level Windows, Mac and Android.
The job listing does not specify what defines a customer. Sharing that the browser "has already reached 600 million customers" doesn't state how many people use it as their primary browser or how many people use it regularly. It's important to note that reaching 600 million customers is not the same as having 600 million users.
Regardless of how many people use Edge as their primary browser, Microsoft is clearly invested in it. The company regularly tests and ships new features to the browser, such as browser history and tab syncing which recently started rolling out.
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