SOFTWARE HOUSE Google's Chrome overtook Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) to become the world's number one web browser, but only for one day.
According to Statcounter web monitoring data, there is a "trend to Chrome at weekends" that narrowly drove Chrome into the top spot globally on Sunday, 18 March.
Web analytics outfit Statcounter published statistics showing that Chrome topped the polls in India, Russia and Brazil, all of which contributed to it becoming the number one browser for that day on a global basis.
"While it is only one day, this is a milestone," said Statcounter CEO Aodhan Cullen. He added that Chrome still faces a battle to unseat its main rivals including IE and Firefox in many regions. The company's monitoring shows that on a day to day basis Chrome remains in second or third place in China, the United States and Germany.
"Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable. At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE," added Cullen.
Statcounter's data is based on over 15 billion page views per month, four billion from the US, to its network of more than three million web sites.
The web monitoring company stressed that it does not apply artificial weights to its worldwide data, arguing that such weighting factors are not relevant for individual country statistics. µ