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Google Chrome 15 more used in last week of November than Internet Explorer 8.

Google Chrome has overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer to become the world's most commonly used browser, according to web analytics firm StatCounter — at least when stacking up single versions of the browsers against one another.

StatCounter Global Stats reports that Chrome 15 was used more around the world than Internet Explorer 8 in the last week of November — a first for Google's upstart browser. Chrome 15 took 23.6% of the worldwide market compared to IE 8 with 23.5%, the report says.

When examining daily stats, Chrome 14 and 15 have been beating IE 8 on weekends since October, but the last week of November (November 28 through December 5) marks the first time those results have been duplicated during the workweek. 

"It looks as if people favor Chrome on weekends at home, but office commercial use has now caught up," says StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen.

Aggregate versions of IE still lead the global market with 38.5 percent share. Chrome is in a tight race for second place, having overtaken Firefox last month and leading by just a single percentage point.

And while Chrome does well worldwide — including in the U.K., where its been beating IE since early November — Internet Explorer 8 dominates in the U.S. with 27 percent market share. By comparison, Chrome 15 users represent just 18.1 percent of the market.

At this point, just three years after Google entered the market long dominated by Microsoft, it's safe to say that the internet browser battle is just starting to heat up.

Source: StatCounter

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So disapointed if it's overtaken Firefox
By Wolfpup on 12/22/2011 12:51:41 PM , Rating: 1
I don't understand and hate that it has. Chrome can't even scale text independently from images...and who wants to use a proprietary thing when you've got something open source that's at least as good?

I've heard some vague excuses of "Firefox crashes all the time" from people who have installed 400,000 random plug ins, and don't seem to make the connection that their plug ins are the problem, not firefox.

Oh well, at least stuff's more standard's compliant than in the past...

RE: So disapointed if it's overtaken Firefox
By Mitch101 on 12/29/2011 2:01:54 PM , Rating: 3
Ive got blank installs of Firefox that dont close properly or you try to open it but it tells you another instance is already running. Off to task manager to kill firefox running my PC for the last 12 hours at 50% cpu and tons of ram.

I certainly understand people moving away from Firefox they need to fix the bugs before they release a newer buggier version. Cant hide behind the excuse its Java's fault or Plug Ins Firefox needs to plug the leaks.

RE: So disapointed if it's overtaken Firefox
By rhet2512 on 12/30/11, Rating: 0
By MadAd on 1/2/2012 5:08:23 AM , Rating: 2
ah ignore them, h8rs gonna h8 and all that

i have at least 50 tabs open almost constantly on FF8.0.1 (52 today) with about three dozen assorted addons, pc is used 12h+ a day and stays un rebooted for weeks at a time

works ok for what i do

By Church of Dirac on 1/3/2012 1:23:20 PM , Rating: 2
I've been using Firefox since it was Phoenix. There's been issues with FF hanging since the beginning, especially on Linux. Won't use stock chrome since it is spyware. I've been using Comodo Dragon and it's pretty fast, but the Nightly 12.0a 64bit Windows build blows all other browsers out of the water in terms of speed. Ad block plus for chrome isn't up to spec yet either.

Check it out:

By Shadowmaster625 on 1/6/2012 10:08:52 AM , Rating: 2
I still thinkm firefox is the best because it has the best selection of addons. But yes there is a problem with it not ending the process correctly 100% of the time when you exit. I guess mozilla is waiting for someone to invent an addon that actually closes firefox completely when you click close?

By invidious on 1/10/2012 1:37:24 PM , Rating: 2
I have been using Opera since before it was free, always been fast, always been stable, never been spyware. I wont rave about their marketing dept since most people have never heard of it and its market share isn't stellar. But it has had a steady satisfied userbase for over a decade which is a pretty good indicator of a quality product to me.

By mattclary on 1/9/2012 9:01:01 AM , Rating: 2
The reason Chrome is so prevalent is it gets installed with almost every free software out there. I have a computer repair business and see it on most computers I work on. Usually the people have no idea what it is or where it came from.

I am a big fan of free software and I see "Install Chrome" with many free downloads. I always uncheck the box, but Joe User doesn't usually do that.

By ShieTar on 12/20/2011 6:53:17 AM , Rating: 2
I find it interesting how much the Browser preferences vary from nation to nation, even though we all use them on basically the same internet.

Here is a statistic on browser use in germany:

With Firefox strongly in the lead, as it was for several years now. And IE use is still inflated due to the fact that a lot of companies do not allow their employees to install other browsers, even though they would prefer to.

Using IE9
By StanO360 on 1/3/2012 1:43:31 PM , Rating: 2
Though in the past my instinct has been to use the "up and coming" software and used Firefox for years, I just can't find an excuse to not use IE9. Firefox frustrates me with no address bar search and regular problems with forms and such. Chrome, I end up using the IE compatibility anyway half the time or having to switch to IE for a form or cart. Plus, they all seem equally fast now anyway.

By Sulik2 on 1/11/2012 4:11:11 PM , Rating: 2
IE9, Chrome and Firefox are all going with these big bubbly looking interfaces that bury settings behind menus. I hate those, they all look designed for a touch screen instead of a mouse and keyboard. Its gonna take a long time for me to move away from Firefox 3.

Who cares?
By EricMartello on 12/22/2011 2:15:17 AM , Rating: 1
I like that there are are handful of browsers we can choose to use, but most of the internet is standards-based and most browsers will perform similarly. I have used all current browsers and I stick with Firefox because it's a good balance of performance and flexibility (thanks to addons). I would probably use IE if it had a better ad blocker available.

I'm not sure what's going on with HTML5 but if one browser comes out that can offer a platform for dynamic content that is not tied to flash, yet is as easy to develop for as flash, it would probably take the lead or at least gain a lot of new users.

By Visual on 12/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: Pointless
By adiposity on 12/19/2011 6:53:53 PM , Rating: 1
Comparing to IE8 when half the world is already on to IE9 and some are even experimenting with the IE10 pre-release... pointless.

The point was that IE8 used to be the number one browser when taken by version number. Now, it's not. IE9 and IE10 are included in the stats, they just aren't as popular.

Obviously, though, if you add all IEs together and compare to all Chromes, IE comes out ahead. But then, IE8 and IE9 are so different, and even more different from IE6, that combining all IEs doesn't make sense from a "target browser" standpoint.

Chrome 15 is officially the most popular targetable browser software. It is significant, but not when it comes to "mindshare."

RE: Pointless
By NellyFromMA on 12/21/2011 4:52:41 PM , Rating: 2
I'm too lazy to look, but if IE 8 + IE 9/10 use < Chrome version 102938109238201983 or however many minor revisions they release as major revision numbers, then this story has some semblance of worthiness. Otherwise, pointless. Chrome (and now FF) release at such an unnecessary interval for effectively patches that its easy to say you are comparing only one version of Chrome to many of IE.

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