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Top web browsers 2017: Microsoft takes another thrashing

Microsoft’s browsers suffered another big setback last month, losing so much user share that they fell beneath the 20% bar.

According to U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications, the user share of Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge — an estimate of the world’s personal computer owners who ran those browsers — plummeted by 1.9 percentage points, ending at a combined 19.3%. The downturn was the largest since October 2016.

September’s decline was previewed the previous month, when IE+Edge lost nearly a full percentage point after a five-month stretch when the browsers’ slump had been relatively small.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 acts like it will live forever

If Windows 7 were an actor, it would be a past-prime stage star who overstayed his curtain call and refused to acknowledge his understudy who, just the night before, had wowed the critics and charmed the audience.

Last month, though, Windows 7 ceded a tiny pool of the limelight to that understudy, Windows 10, giving the crowd hope that the aging actor would finally figure out he should exit, stage left, before the theater’s manager got the hook and dragged him off the boards.

According to metrics vendor Net Applications, Windows 7’s user share in September was 48.4%, a decline of 1.2 percentage points. More importantly, the operating system ran 52.1% of all Windows machines during the same stretch, a month-over-month drop of 1.3 points. (The second percentage is larger because Windows was detected on 90.6% of the world’s PCs, not 100%; the remainder ran macOS or some kind of Linux.) This was the largest decline of Windows 7’s <i>user share</i> — an estimate of the percentage of the world’s personal computers powered by the OS — since July 2016.

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Microsoft defends sluggish ramp up of extensions for Edge browser

Microsoft last week reminded everyone of at least one reason why Windows 10 users have not gravitated to the company’s Edge, pointing out that developers had published just 70 extensions for the browser over the past 12 months.

“It has been a little more than a year since Microsoft first shipped the number one requested feature for Microsoft Edge — extensions,” wrote Colleen Williams, a senior program manager with the Edge team, in a post to a company blog. “We are excited to share a few updates on the progress we have made since then.”

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