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Chrome Surges Past IE In Market Share

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Google has done what no other browser makes could do over the past 13 years; Chrome surpassed IE for the first time in market share.

Chrome was estimated by StatCounter to have held 32.71 percent of the browser market on Sunday, while IE declined to 32.48 percent and Mozilla was at 24.88 percent. Chrome is a so-called weekend browser that is stronger on Saturdays and Sundays than during week. In contrast IE loses market share on weekends. The most popular browser version was Chrome 17 with 29.51 percent. IE9 was a distant second with just 15.6 percent. IE8, Firefox 10 and Firefox 11 followed with 13.56 percent, 9.91 percent, and 6.86 percent, respectively.

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This is a great milestone for Google and Google Chrome. Great to hear and thanks for the share!

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To be fair, the sum of all versions of Internet Explorer is still greater than Google Chrome. Not counting IE8 is excluding all XP users who can't upgrade.

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so let me get this straight, Chrome is basically installed on 500 million+ PCs? I think that's far fetched to say the least. That number comes from the 1.X Billion PCs + Macs out there.

I'm not some IE fanboy either but holy crap. I've mentioned Chrome to lots of my friends as a second option (the non techies) and they don't even know what that is. They might have heard about Firefox but never Chrome. The info is from StatsCounter I guess but even when I update it to current:

http://gs.statcounte...y-201201-201203

I'm still not seeing Chrome being top dog? Am I retarded or something? :|

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This is a great milestone for Google and Google Chrome. Great to hear and thanks for the share!

It's quite a feat Google has pulled off indeed. I think the weekend vs weekday incongruity is largely because businesses, schools, and government institutions tend to force employees/users to use IE, so when they get home at the weekends, they select the browser they prefer instead. It says a lot about user preference really.

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So far, Chrome has only surpassed IE on a single day.

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To be fair, the sum of all versions of Internet Explorer is still greater than Google Chrome. Not counting IE8 is excluding all XP users who can't upgrade.

This is an aggregate. So it includes all versions of IE. It's only a single day so far, but if IE's decline continues, and I see nothing to suggest otherwise, then Chrome should surpass IE permanently by May this year. No doubt this is why Microsoft has publicly come out in support of NetApplications.

So far, Chrome has only surpassed IE on a single day.

True, but if the trend continues, by May it will permanently surpass it.

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I've seen Chrome on quite a few non-techie PC's, but whether they were intentionally installed or not is another question.

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Gooooooooooogle!

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I've seen Chrome on quite a few non-techie PC's, but whether they were intentionally installed or not is another question.

Me too. I was a bit surprised when I saw it there too.

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Me too. I was a bit surprised when I saw it there too.

The real question is whether they use it, not whether it's installed or not. And by the looks of things, non-technical users are adopting it in droves. This is good news for web standards. Now we just need Chrome to officially drop H.264 and all will be well in the world :D

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I never seen Chrome run on a computer where it did not take up more resources than the actual OS it was running on

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no it hasn't . Its just stat counter's result, let net apps show the same to boldly say that, further its just one day milestone , not stable, one can say ie has taken back the share and beaten chrome again...

But its a fact chrome's market share has nonstop increased, thanks to excessive advertisements. Now google has great responsibility to not make another ie6 ...

Lets hope this won't render webkit only sites

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To be fair, the sum of all versions of Internet Explorer is still greater than Google Chrome. Not counting IE8 is excluding all XP users who can't upgrade.

The market share for IE is the sum of all browsers combined!! do the math!! 32.71(IE)+32.48(Chrome)+24.88(FF)= 90.07

The remaining 10% for Opera and other browsers.

I've seen Chrome on quite a few non-techie PC's, but whether they were intentionally installed or not is another question.

I have some non techie people ask me to install chrome on their PC. Also, I have seen many using them too..

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I never seen Chrome run on a computer where it did not take up more resources than the actual OS it was running on

I haven't either but that's not a problem on most modern computers. I have an old XP computer at work with only 512 RAM and Chrome will actually sputter after heavy usage on it. Firefox, with all the comments I've heard about memory leaks in the past, does not have that problem.

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WebKit is kicking ass these days. :D

As a web developer, I couldn't be happier about that.

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Chrome is bundled with pretty much anything these days, not to mention all the ads Google serves (sometimes even on the Google frontpage, and Google's frontpage is the internet's frontpage for 90% of the people). Majority of my real life friends (some of them pretty non-techy) now use Chrome. Not complaining because it's a great browser after all, but I'm not really surprised at the numbers. I see it only going bigger.

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Something tells me Chrome's market share would be quite different if there weren't big "Download Chrome" ads on Google and YouTube.

I can't understand why Microsoft couldn't include IE in Windows, but it's totally OK when Google uses both of its monopolies to push its browser.

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Something tells me Chrome's market share would be quite different if there weren't big "Download Chrome" ads on Google and YouTube.

I can't understand why Microsoft couldn't include IE in Windows, but it's totally OK when Google uses both of its monopolies to push its browser.

The MS Website has big Download IE banners. Bing has Download IE stuff. If MS Owned Youtube it would have Download IE stuff.. I fail to see what the difference is.

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I always install Chrome on any machine i work on but wonder if the stats would be even higher if it were not for the fact it installs on a per user basis so others don't see my installs.

I'm also planning to roll out to our call centre soon. Not that I dislike IE as 9 is ok.

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Something tells me Chrome's market share would be quite different if there weren't big "Download Chrome" ads on Google and YouTube.

There is big "Download IE" in Microsoft site and Bing.. how is that any different from IE?

I can't understand why Microsoft couldn't include IE in Windows, but it's totally OK when Google uses both of its monopolies to push its browser.

You are trying to do an entirely wrong comparison.. IE comes with windows and you don't have an option to pick browser..

even if Google is pushing chrome in Google.com and ads YOU can always ignore it and not install... you have an option here but that's not the case with Windows.

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You had the choice not to use it. They couldn't not include it since so much of windows used IE.

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Google.com is not a website to learn about Google as a company, it's a search engine with a monopoly.

Microsoft.com is a website to learn about Microsoft as a company. It's normal that Microsoft.com contains IE download links, just like other companies have websites with big "download our latest product" banner.

To make a fair comparison: that'd be like Bing containing big "Download IE" buttons (apart from the market share).

About IE in Windows: do you think Google should be forced to add a "Use Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, or whatever, instead" splash screen on its website?

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Bing has Download IE stuff.

There is big "Download IE" in Microsoft site and Bing..

Really? Where?

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