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Microsoft Edge passes 330 million active devices

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At its Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017 event in Seattle today, Microsoft announced that Edge now has 330 million active devices. Charles Morris, lead of Microsoft Edge’s web ecosystem team, revealed the milestone onstage.

The figure is up from 150 million active devices in April, first revealed at last year’s Edge Summit. There are over 500 million active Windows 10 devices, meaning that about 60 percent of active Windows 10 devices are also active Edge devices.

“A lot of improvements and a lot of new features doesn’t really mean anything if no one’s using it,” Morris said. “I’m really thrilled to announced today that, earlier this month, Microsoft Edge passed over 330 million active devices worldwide. This number has more than doubled since the Edge summit last year. So we’re pretty humbled by this number because they’re actual users who are browsing the web through our browser, and more importantly, what they’re browsing through Edge is the sites and apps that you build.”

Microsoft Edge was first released in July 2015 along with Windows 10, finally leaving Internet Explorer behind. While Edge is available on all Windows 10 devices, including the essentially dead Windows 10 Mobile and the Xbox One, the majority of users are of course on the desktop. The browser is not available on previous versions of Windows, unlike Chrome and Firefox.

For the sake of comparison, Google says Chrome has over 1 billion users, and Mozilla claims that Firefox is used by “half a billion people around the world.” Devices, of course, is not the same as users or people (the same person can use multiple devices and the same device can be used by multiple people), but that should give you some perspective nonetheless.

Morris also shared a few other numbers today. Since Edge first launched two years ago, the company has shipped 82 patch updates for Edge and 75 Windows Insider previews. Edge has also gained 75 new web standards, moving its HTML5test score to 476, and it is the only major browser with a 100 percent HTML5Accessbility score, Morris claimed.

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