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Firefox drops to third place
Chrome is the second most used browser behind Internet Explorer globally

The browser wars have raged for years. Generally, the winner in the market has been Internet Explorer thanks to the overwhelming number of computers worldwide that run the Windows operating system (and don’t bother to change their default browser). For a while now the second most popular web browser has been Firefox, but there have been some changes in the market according to the latest stats.
StatCounter's latest numbers for the browser market show that Google Chrome has passed Firefox to take the second place spot. Firefox is still in a very close third place. Firefox had been kicked back to the third place spot in the UK in July of 2011 reports TechCrunch, so a global second place win isn’t that surprising for Chrome.
Chrome now has 25.7% of the worldwide market as of last month and Firefox has 25.23% of the market. Internet Explorer is still dominating the market with 40.63% of the global share.
In the U.S., Internet Explorer has even more of the market with 50.66% share.
In September, Firefox released version 7 of the browser specifically to address memory issues that plagued older versions of the browser. 

Source: TechCrunch

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By Swampthing on 12/1/2011 12:39:20 PM , Rating: -1
How is chrome number 2 when it still doesn't have a proper way of displaying bookmarks in the traditional manner off to the left of the screen? Ponderous.

RE: how?
By wushuktl on 12/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: how?
By Spuke on 12/1/2011 12:50:28 PM , Rating: 4
I guess you haven't used FF in a while. I can search my bookmarks by simply typing the url or website name or bookmark name in the address bar.

RE: how?
By SpartanJet on 12/1/2011 1:00:45 PM , Rating: 4
I can access my bookmarks in Firefox using a simple one button drop down menu organized in folders that doesn't take up ton of screen space using an inefficient bar, or having to dig through 3 levels of wrench menu just to get to my bookmarks.

RE: how?
By bobsmith1492 on 12/1/2011 5:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
I just have Google search as my homepage... open browser, type in name of site, tab to "I'm feeling lucky," bam, there.

Except Google search changed to that auto seach thing so tabbing to I'm feeling lucky doesn't now. :-(

RE: how?
By AstroCreep on 12/1/2011 1:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
A couple of observations:
-What if you start using a new system and haven't visited a site yet on it? It won't show up in your history bar. Is it hard to type in a full address? No, but what if you have forgotten a site you had been visiting on your old system or the complete spelling?
-Using bookmarks doesn't require me to remember the website addresses for all of the sites/resources I visit. Perhaps from a "Normal" browsing standpoint it's not a big deal, but being an IT guy for a large, multinational corporation requires that I manage (literally) hundreds of servers, many of which run websites. There is no way I am going to try and remember all of the various websites for which I am responsible.
-I not only use bookmarks to save my regularly visited sites, but also my IRREGULARLY visited sites. E.g., resources at my job that I only utilize on an "As needed" basis. I will also bookmark items that I may need as reference down the road. E.g., I'm working on rolling out Exchange 2010 at my new job. I did this at my last job, too, and whenever I came across a link/article that was helpful, I bookmarked it for reference, which has saved me a lot of time for this new implementation.

So while the side-mounted bookmark bar is one thing, having bookmarks is still quite helpful.

RE: how?
By quiksilvr on 12/1/2011 12:53:21 PM , Rating: 3
Because people use the bookmark bar on the top. If you have so many bookmarks, that it stretchs beyond the screen, chances are you would do a type search, right? Then just type up top and voila, your bookmark will show up automatically.

Plus there are extensions that let you customize your bookmark viewing to any way you want.

RE: how?
By biassj on 12/1/2011 12:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I hated this too, but I moved the bookmarks folder to the bookmarks bar and dragged it left.

RE: how?
By SpartanJet on 12/1/2011 12:54:31 PM , Rating: 2
Amen. How is having a huge bookmark bar any more simplistic than having a simple one button drop down menu for bookmarks. I also wonder why they have an option for a home button which is rarely used yet no drop down menu for bookmarks. Even Chromes addons can't do a proper drop down menu is baffling.

RE: how?
By kmmatney on 12/1/2011 1:59:25 PM , Rating: 2
Um - there is a one button drop down for bookmarks. On the right of the bookmark bar is the bookmark dropdown.

RE: how?
By kmmatney on 12/1/2011 2:00:23 PM , Rating: 2
You do have to open a new tab to see the bookmark bar and drop down, though. Maybe that is a bit strange, but you get used to it.

RE: how?
By V-Money on 12/1/2011 3:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
Or you could press ctrl+shift+b...just saying...

RE: how?
By SpartanJet on 12/1/2011 2:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
Why do I want a huge bar taking up screen space when I can have a favorites button right next to important controls like refresh, backwards, and forwards elegantly built into the browser like Firefox. I shouldn't need addons for this basic feature.

RE: how?
By kmmatney on 12/1/2011 1:57:41 PM , Rating: 2
You just use the bookmark bar for your most common bookmarks. It has a drop-down menu on the right you can easily select from for more obscure bookmarks. Works fine.

RE: how?
By jimbojimbo on 12/1/2011 2:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
I have the bookmarks bar display on top and you can create folders and place bookmarks in them. All very easy and even with the tabs, bookmarks, and address bars it still takes up a ton less space than Firefox or IE. So what's the problem again? Also, my bookmarks automatically sync up with my Gmail account so it's the same across all the computers I use. Firefox has the feature too but you know what, I've had a Gmail account forever so it's just easier that it uses that instead.

RE: how?
By tng on 12/1/2011 3:08:13 PM , Rating: 2
I heard somewhere that a study showed that people who use FireFox are, on average, more intelligent than people who use Internet Explorer.

Just saying...

RE: how?
By Etsp on 12/1/2011 4:58:07 PM , Rating: 2
I'm fairly certain that the "study" you're thinking of was a complete sham/marketing move of some survey company or something.

It's not that I disagree with the results, it's just the "study" was a sham.

I would like to see a study that compares internet browser of choice to intelligence/personality types though. The results would be interesting.

RE: how?
By V-Money on 12/1/2011 9:27:15 PM , Rating: 2

Don't worry, we all fall for hoaxes sometimes, I just recently found out that the original guy from blues clues didn't off himself. I believed it for so long because he always seemed like he was on edge.

"I f***ing cannot play Halo 2 multiplayer. I cannot do it." -- Bungie Technical Lead Chris Butcher
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