IN WHAT HAS ALREADY been a bumpy week for Mozilla, its Firefox web browser has ceded second place to Google Chrome for the first time, according to usage figures.
Mozilla has received some criticism after its newly-appointed CEO Brendan 'some of my best friends are gay' Eich's support of California Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage led to calls for his resignation, and dating website OK Cupid asked its users to ditch the Firefox browser.
Now the latest figures from Net Applications have revealed that Google Chrome inched into second place in March with 17.52 percent market share, compared to 17.26 percent for Firefox.
Firefox's market share has declined year on year by more than three percent while Chrome saw a two percent rise, though today's figure is still slightly short of its peak last July, when it was used on 17.76 percent of machines.
Internet Explorer in all its iterations remains the most popular web browser with 57.96 percent market share, owing largely to its bundling with Windows operating systems. IE11, perhaps unsurprisingly, gained the most marketshare in March, grabbing an aditional 2.91 percentage points bumping it to a 15.71 percent market share.
Safari has held steady at 5.68 percent across Windows and its native Mac OS X, while Opera fell slightly to 1.20 percent.
Google's Chrome operating system and web browser have seen significant take-up thanks to widespread adoption by manufacturers for low priced Chromebooks, while Firefox is moving into the mobile market with budget Firefox phones aimed at developing markets. µ