Browser Wars Warm Up: Google Chrome Sidles Up Behind Internet Explorer as the Second Most Popular Web BrowserPosted: December 9th, 2011 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Bow Down, Google, Microsoft, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Browser Wars, Firefox, Google, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Web Browser | Comments Off on Browser Wars Warm Up: Google Chrome Sidles Up Behind Internet Explorer as the Second Most Popular Web Browser
Much chatter has been spewing from the interweb on Googles Chrome browser taking up second place in the three way battle for browser supremecy. Headlines like “Google’s Chrome browser surging past Firefox” and “Will Google Chrome kill Firefox? ” A slow news week perhaps?
The build up has been the usual steady and well thought out Google conquest, when Google Chrome launched in 2008, net experts espoused that Mozilla/Firefox had the most to lose from Chromes release.
Right about now: the behemoth that is Microsoft must be looking in the rear view wondering just how long before it loses it’s long held grip on browser superiority?
This week Google Chrome has finally slotted itself into second place in the browser wars.
According to web analytics company StatCounter Chrome now has 25.69 percent of the market while Firefox has 25.23 percent, hardly a surge, but nice work if you can get it!.
Both browsers are trailing Microsofts stallwart browser Internet Explorer, IE still owns 40.63 percent of the market ::::
“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,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “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.”
In the United States, Internet Explorer makes up 50.66-percent of the market, with Firefox retaining second place at 20.09-percent, although that is down from the 26.75-percent they held last year. Chrome is at 17.3-percent while Safari pulls in at fourth place with 10.76-percent.
The United Kingdom tells a different story in the browser race. Internet Explorer still holds the lead, but by a smaller margin at just 42.82-percent. Chrome is in second-place with 24.82-percent marketshare after overtaking Firefox (20.56-percent) in July.
The stats collected by StatCounter are based on aggregate data collected on a sample in excess of 15 billion page views each month from the StatCounter network of more than 3-million websites.