Chrome Slips Past Firefox for Second Place in Global Browser Market Share
December 1, 2011 12:01 PM
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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
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
of the browser specifically to address memory issues that plagued older versions of the browser.
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well done Chrome!!!
12/1/2011 2:17:44 PM
I am not suprised either. Chrome has a far more appealing UI and its peformance trumps that of Firefox. Firefox is old, slow and bloated. Looks like Mozilla declared victory prematurely and paid the price. Some people say that Chrome is winning because of Google's power. I don't think so - I have seen a lot of Google products that failed. Chrome's victory is well deserved - it is simply the better browser and quality always wins out in the end.
RE: well done Chrome!!!
12/1/2011 3:23:49 PM
I disagree. Using a mouse gestures addon (chrome doesnt have a good one) Im able to remove almost the entire UI of firefox down to tabs, address bar, search bar, and a convenient bookmarks dropdown. No menu buttons, no back/forward, home, stop, refresh, etc. It is incredibly slimmed down and saves on screen space.
As far as speed, it's practically a non-issue anymore. From the perspective of benchmark tests, your talking about the ability to gloat for one browser beating the other by a couple hundred milliseconds at most - literally the blink of an eye - for standard web pages. Chrome actually often uses more memory than firefox too, even before the tweaks in version 7.
I've tried using chrome several times and I have seen no serious advantages over firefox that would warrant my desire to abandon many incredibly useful addons.
RE: well done Chrome!!!
12/2/2011 3:48:18 PM
I agree. Chrome is catching on like wildfire at work. I loved Firefox years back when I first discovered its tabbed browsing. Back then, it seemed to have much better performance. Over the last several years, it seems to have gotten so bloated and unstable that I had returned to using IE. Once a co-worker introduced me to Chrome, I switched and never looked back. At my company, almost everybody uses Chrome and IE for internal web app compatibility.
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