Chinese VPN usage could drop due to Microsoft Edge
TheGoogle Chrome's position as the most popular web browser in mainland China could be threatened, which could lead to a drop in VPN usage at the same time. Currently, Chrome accounts for between 30-39% of the Chinese market - less than in other parts of the world, but still quite impressive given that most Google apps are blocked in China.
China's Great Firewall prevents citizens from accessing tools like search and Gmail - even the Chrome Store is blocked. This means that if users want to download an extension, they will first have to set up a VPN; a common approach for all those who wish to circumvent Chinese censorship.
However, the launch of a new version of the Microsoft Edge browser earlier this year could threaten Chrome's dominance. Users would have been impressed with the browser user interface and, moreImportantly, Microsoft's website is accessible in mainland China, so no VPN is required to download the extensions.
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On the Edge
Another major advantage of 'Edge is that it's built using open source code from Google Chrome, which means it works just like Chrome itself. It is likely that more and more Chinese citizens are starting to migrate, especially those who don't want to have to use VPNs, which are also regularly removed by the Chinese government.
The decision of many Chinese Internet users to switch to Chrome or Edge on domestic browsers initially seems unusual, especially given the attitthe country's ude to Western technology companies. However, a look at how Chinese web browsers work can help explain their choice.
In China, web browsers generally act as news aggregators or advertising opportunities. This means that they are often much more crowded than the browsers we see in the West. The fact that Chrome is the market leader, even in a country where other Google products are generally banned, suggests that many Chinese citizens prefer a simpler, less invasive browser.
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