IT'S FINALLY happened. Google's Chrome browser has overtaken Internet Explorer to become the new king of the browsers.
In April's figures from Netmarketshare, Chrome had a 41.7 per cent market share, nudging IE into second place with 41.4 per cent.
Of course, this is all subjective. Statcounter first reported that Chrome was the dominant browser several years ago.
The figures from Netmarketshare are so tight that they are well within the margin for error, but there's no doubt that the two are toe to toe now and the battle is on.
With a new browser, Microsoft Edge, as the default in Windows 10, IE's share is set to shrink further.
Microsoft announced last week that it was to make Microsoft Edge compulsory for users of their personal assistant Cortana, causing some to question if the company is returning to its bad old anti-trust ways.
Third place browser is still Firefox with 10.06 per cent, then Safari at 4.47 and Opera at 2.01.
When you look at current versions only, Microsoft Internet Explorer is still slightly ahead with 21.39 per cent market share over Google Chrome's 20.7 per cent. Microsoft Edge 13 is on 4.13 per cent, which is not bad considering it's only available on 15 percent of machines.
The browser market is even more fragmented than the OS market because the effects of end of life on a browser are generally less significant than for an entire operating system, meaning that they have a much longer tail.
Several browsers have started to develop specialisms to single them out, such as the recently released Opera with embedded VPN. However, there are actually very few browsing engines, with most based on either Firefox or Chromium.
On iOS all browsers must use the native web engine rather than their own, meaning when Firefox launched its iOS edition last year it had to make concessions. µ
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