Chrome browser challenges Firefox
San Francisco - Google's Chrome Web browser is gaining ground on Firefox and according to one industry tracker may even have eclipsed its open-source rival in the global market.
Chrome was the world's second favourite web browsing programme in November, bumping Firefox from that position for the first month ever, according to StatCounter Global Stats.
Google's Chrome had a 25.69% share of online browsing last month compared to 25.23% for Firefox, according to StatCounter.
Firefox is managed by the non profit Mozilla Foundation.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) remained the dominant web browser with 40.63% of the global market, the findings indicated.
"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," said StatCounter chief executive Aodhan Cullen.