SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google might see its Chrome overtake Mozilla's Firefox to become second most popular web browser by 2012.
Web browser tracking firm Statcounter is claiming that its figures show Google's Chrome overtaking Firefox by the end of the year. According to Statcounter's figures, Chrome's global market share for September was 23.6 per cent while Firefox had 26.8 per cent, with Microsoft's Internet Explorer still in the lead with 41.7 per cent.
Statcounter's figures chart Chrome's astronomical rise in the past two years, while Firefox has stagnated and seen its market share steadily erode. Microsoft's Internet Explorer has been on a downward spiral for years now.
Mozilla has tried to fight back in 2011 with several releases of Firefox. Firefox 4 proved very popular and Mozarella has churned out subsequent versions at a steady clip, much to the annoyance of some enterprise users. The problem for Mozilla is some still believe that Firefox is a sluggish, memory intensive web browser, while they view Chrome as leaner and faster.
Microsoft has been unable to stave off the decline in Internet Explorer's fortunes despite releasing Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) earlier this year. IE9 is a decent effort from Microsoft, but much like Firefox, its poor reputation has helped Chrome to pick up more users.
Microsoft's dominance of the web browser market will be under threat next year. If Google's Chrome does end up on top of the web browser pile, it will highlight who is the current king of the web and signify how far Microsoft has fallen since the turn of the millenium. µ