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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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RE: Android browser == chrome??
By TakinYourPoints on 12/1/2011 4:28:22 PM , Rating: 5
I've been using SSDs for over two years now and Chrome is certainly faster. Sorry you can't tell the difference.

RE: Android browser == chrome??
By Reclaimer77 on 12/2/2011 6:50:26 PM , Rating: 1
I've been using SSDs for over two years now and Chrome is certainly faster. Sorry you can't tell the difference.

Okay you're funny. The latest version of Firefox is dead even with Chrome in page load tests. You're dealing with outdated information, all of you. Chrome is no longer faster than Firefox. I'm not sure what "difference" you're noticing, but it's all in your heads.

In fact Firefox 9 is looking pretty awesome and promises to be even FASTER. The best browser out there just get's better and better.

RE: Android browser == chrome??
By rs1 on 12/2/2011 7:36:46 PM , Rating: 3
It's not just about page load time. It's about how long it takes to switch between tabs, or open a new tab, or close an existing one. I agree with you that page load time is essentially identically between *every* major browser.

But the subjective experience of using Chrome compared to using Firefox or using IE *feels* significantly quicker. And it has nothing to do with the page-load times that you are harping on. It's about the responsiveness of the application itself, not how fast it parses and renders HTML.

RE: Android browser == chrome??
By Reclaimer77 on 12/2/2011 7:40:54 PM , Rating: 1
But the tabs are already loaded, you're just switching from viewing one to the other. It happens instantly. If there's a delay in this process, that's a local issue, not a browser one.

RE: Android browser == chrome??
By tastyratz on 12/5/2011 11:45:18 AM , Rating: 2
I want to like chrome, but I am a tab hoarder sometimes having hundreds open at a time. I know I shouldn't, but it is how I operate. I would love to see "workspaces" which would be ideal to me. I open tons of pages on a subject and do lots of research, then leave them in a window for when I am prepared (for example, before doin a specific job on my car or home). many pages are not worth bookmarking, nor taking the cumbersome steps to do so. They are 1 time use important but disposable tabs.
Chrome is minimalistic and good for the minimalistic browser. Firefox seems to be the only one powerful enough to do what I need on that scale and still remain relatively stable. I also find myself with a SLEW of specific plugins for firefox I simply could not live without in chrome...

RE: Android browser == chrome??
By jtemplin on 12/5/2011 10:01:52 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone worrying about browser performance clearly doesn't have a fast enough computer. My PC crushes through any browser no matter what. So its just a question of add-ons and features.

I use Ad-block plus, NoScript and BetterPrivacy. Keep my web content on the filtered tip. Pretty sure there is no chrome eqvuivalent.

Also, not sure why people are mentioning SSDs. Not relevant at all to page load speed. Its all CPU/RAM. Maybe loading a cached page...?

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