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Google Chrome’s Rapid Rise

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday October 2, 2011 )

I haven’t been paying much attention to the latest in the browser wars over the past couple of months, but it seems Google Chrome is predicted to pinch FireFox’s no.2 position soon.

According to a report on ComputerWorld, based on data from StatCounter, Chrome will take the No. 2 spot behind Internet Explorer by December this year.

Chrome’s market share in September was 23.6%, Firefox’s was 26.8% and IE was at 41.7% says StatCounter.

Back in June, data from Hitslink showed Chrome at 12.5%. As of the time of writing, Hitslink has Chrome at 16.2%, so a fair bit of difference to StatsCounter’s figures (but still impressive growth).

Looking at a dozen or so of the sites I run or look after, stats also show the Firefox share to be closer to Hitslink’s figures than to StatCounter. I think it may be a little while longer before Chrome is king of browser hill, or even number 2.

Still, whichever way you slice and dice it, Chrome’s star is rising and the others’ are falling.

It’s an astounding rise when you consider Chrome’s first public beta release was only just over 3 years ago. But I guess when you have a good application backed by one of the world’s most powerful online companies, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Internet Explorer has been around since the mid-90’s and has been the world’s most popular browser since 1999. Firefox has been on the scene (under that name) since 2004.

It only seems like yesterday IE kicked NetScape’s butt and was far and away the world’s most popular browser. Going back to January 2004, just before Firefox was releases, Internet Explorer had around 92% market share according to some old stats I dug up at TheCounter.


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