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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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Where did they get these stats anyhow?
By sdebeaubien on 12/1/2011 1:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
If you goto w3c you can see that Firefox is #1, followed by Chrome in #2. IE has slipped way down this year.

It depends who's keeping the stats I guess.

RE: Where did they get these stats anyhow?
By dalelarsen on 12/1/2011 1:35:51 PM , Rating: 3
W3schools only tracks visitors to their site, which is a horrible way to display stats. You shouldn't be trusting w3schools anyway,

StatCounter is a little better on how they get their stats. They get their stats based on "...pageviews per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites". This means their stats are only based on users websites who use their services. They don't claim that their stats reflect the real world, but it reflects what they know based on the stats they get from their user's websites.

I have found that netmarketshare is the best to rely on, which shows that chrome is still in 3rd.

@Dailytech, it should be pointed out that these stats may not reflect totally true data. Other websites report drastically different stats.

By dalelarsen on 12/1/2011 1:43:40 PM , Rating: 2
NetMarketShare ( reports 5,539,949 users, and rising, and 11,534 partners (almost twice as many as StatCounter). That would give them a lot more websites and users to more reliably report browser statistics than StatCounter.

I think that almost debunks this article.

RE: Where did they get these stats anyhow?
By Reclaimer77 on 12/1/2011 3:00:20 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah I'm just flat out NOT buying that Chrome is beating Firefox. No way.

By jonmcc33 on 12/2/2011 11:18:15 AM , Rating: 2
By wordsworm on 12/1/2011 6:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
W3Schools is a site used by many people as a reference for a variety of web-related languages. It's natural that such people are more advanced than people who are largely just online to chat and surf. I'm not putting those people down by any stretch, but the average person knows little about browsers and why they should switch from Chrome or IE to FF for a better surfing experience.

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