Chrome Becomes Most Popular Web Browser…For One Day

Posted: 22/03/2012 in Technology
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Google’s web browser Chrome overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to become the global market leader for the first time last Sunday. According to web analytics firm StatCounter, while this was only one day, the event is significant enough for it to be labelled as a milestone, Reuters report.

On March 18th, Chrome was used for 32.7 per cent of all browsing, while IE had 32.5 per cent share. When people returned to work on Monday, the IE share rose up to 35 per cent, while Chrome’s share slipped down to 30 per cent.

On a monthly basis, Chrome’s market share had risen to 31 per cent so far in March from 17 per cent a year ago. On the other hand, IE had fallen from 45 per cent last year to 35 per cent. Their closest browser rival is Firefox – while popular in Europe – holds 25 per cent of the global browser market, Apple’s Safari is a distant fourth with only a 7 per cent share and Opera is fifth with roughly 2 per cent.

The news comes after IE had launched its newest campaign, ‘The Browser You Loved To Hate‘ designed to win back users. While IE’s lead is down to the software being pre-installed on all PCs, more people are beginning to switch to alternative browsers like Chrome and Firefox. Although IE is beginning to garner positive reviews with its latest offering IE9, the tide seems to be turning in Chrome’s favour as more people begin to switch.

StatCounter statistics are based on aggregate data from more than three million websites with a sample of more than 15 billion page views per month.

  1. I love how IE is still being used. Just imagine how getting there first i.e. AOL can still be embedded in those who first used the internet. My parents still read AOL news and have e-mail addresses with them.

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