Chrome briefly wins browser battle with IE

2012-03-21 20:00

Helsinki - Google's Chrome web browser overtook Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) to become market leader globally for the first time last Sunday, web analytics firm StatCounter said on Wednesday.

"While it is only one day, this is a milestone," said Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter's chief executive.

"At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE."

On March 18, Chrome was used for 32.7% of all browsing, while IE had 32.5% share. When people returned to their offices on Monday, the IE share rose to 35% and Chrome's share slipped to 30%.

"Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable," Cullen said.

On a monthly basis, Chrome's market share has surged to 31% so far in March from 17% a year ago, while IE has slipped to 35% from 45% a year earlier.

The market share of Firefox - which is popular in Europe - is globally about 25%.

Apple's Safari is a distant number four with a 7% share of all browsing, with Opera at number five on 2%.

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.

  • Jeeves - 2012-03-21 20:22

    Chrome is awesome. Internet Explorer sets off alarms in my anti virus software like crazy.

  • Ismail - 2012-03-21 20:31

    Firefox! All the way!

  • Netizen - 2012-03-21 21:32

    I wrote an article praising the awesomeness of Chrome and Firefox compared to IError! Check it out there,

  • colin.dovey - 2012-03-21 21:33

    Maxthon.....Opera.....Chrome......Firefox......IE.....personal taste?

      robert.cerff - 2012-03-22 07:14

      I was a fan of Flock... kept social media on the go. Personally I still prefer IE over most other options. Unfortunately I still have to use Firefox for a few plug-ins but have had endless hassles with Chrome. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

  • barnett.di - 2012-03-22 09:44

    RockMelt all the way; if you like your social media integrated. It is essentially Chrome with an extension.

  • dimotj - 2012-09-18 08:05

    IE is just crap,chrome and firefox are awesome

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