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Chrome overtakes Firefox in the web browser race

And next up, Internet Explorer
Fri Dec 02 2011, 12:46

BEANCOUNTERS at Statcounter have revealed that Google's Chrome web browser has leap-frogged Mozilla's Firefox in global market share.

The latest figures from the firm show that Chrome has taken a slightly higher percentage of market share to take second place behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Globally, Chrome now has 25.69 per cent usage compared to Firefox at 25.23 per cent, according to Statcounter.

Aodhan Cullen, CEO of Statcounter said, "We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally."

"Our stats measure actual browser usage, not downloads, so while Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads our stats show that people are actually using it to access the web also."

Statcounter Browser Market Share Statistics

Chrome has been on a roll for a while now and has seen a significant increase in market share over the past two years. In 2009 the shiny web browser had less than five per cent worldwide market share. Apple's Safari remains fourth with Opera rounding out the top five.

Mozilla recently launched Firefox 8.0 and we can hardly keep track of its quick rate of releases. IE continues to dominate with a global market share of 40.63 per cent, according to Statcounter. Google will set its sights on knocking Microsoft from its perch, but that might take a while yet. µ


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