Chrome and IE: a stalemate in June

Earlier this week, Google announced that its Chrome web browser for PCs now has 310 million users worldwide, up from 160 million users from a year ago. In May, StatCounter claimed, according to their data, Chrome was now the most used web browser on PCs worldwide, overtaking Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Microsoft has previously discounted StatCounter's data as not being as accurate as Net Applications, which the company has referred to in the past when it offered up its own IE market share stats.

Now, StatCounter's latest data for the month of June shows that the battle between Chrome and IE may have reached a stalemate of sorts. According to their information on web browser market share for June 2012, Chrome is now used by 32.76 percent of PC users worldwide. However, that number is just barely above May 2012's number of 32.43 percent. In the past several months, Chrome has seen its portion of the browser market share jump by one or more percent per month, on average.

By the same token, StatCounter shows that IE's total market share was 32.31 percent for June 2012, a tiny drop compared to 32.12 in May 2012. IE has seen its share of the browser market drop by one or more percentage points per month for the last several months.

Of course, this could just be a one month aberration. We should also point out that Microsoft's preferred statistics source, Net Applications, still shows the combined versions of IE as the most used web browser platform worldwide with 54.02 percent, with Chrome in third place with 19.08 percent (Mozilla's Firefox is second with 20.06 percent, according to Net Applications).

The statistical deviation of data in this format produces a result that resembles a tie for these two products.

Source: StatCounter and Net Applications | Image via StatCounter

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Firefox dropped the ball, but in there defense there getting off there duff and competing again. The new andriod browser from firefox is rather nice, and a lot of the features chrome has, firefox is catching up.

ie needs to have tons more customization if it wants to compete with chrome and firefox. it needs themes, more add ons (ad block), etc.

I like Chrome, however what I don't like is how it creates about 15 different processes to disguise the amount of memory it uses.

McKay said,
I like Chrome, however what I don't like is how it creates about 15 different processes to disguise the amount of memory it uses.

That's not why it does it that way, its to increase stability, it's to stop one part of the browser crashing the whole program.

thealexweb said,
That's not why it does it that way, its to increase stability, it's to stop one part of the browser crashing the whole program.

I can agree with the stability part, isolating everything in its own process is a good idea for stability.. but it's a fair complaint though, Chromium can be quite the pig with memory usage, I typically see 2-3 times whats used by Firefox on my systems. Conversely, last time I had an extension actually crash Firefox was back in the v4 era.. Flash occasionally takes a dive but that's already out of process and won't bring down the browser.

Chrome crashes the most, at least once a day. So, I drop it after trying for a month.
Firefox, I use for several years, every day. As I can remember, only around 5 crashes.
And Firefox is fast with a lot of plugins :-)

ray_bk said,
Chrome crashes the most, at least once a day. So, I drop it after trying for a month.
Firefox, I use for several years, every day. As I can remember, only around 5 crashes.
And Firefox is fast with a lot of plugins :-)

I have never seen Chrome crash, you're doing something wrong. Probably a bad plugin since you seem to like having lots of them.

ray_bk said,
Chrome crashes the most, at least once a day. So, I drop it after trying for a month.
Firefox, I use for several years, every day. As I can remember, only around 5 crashes.
And Firefox is fast with a lot of plugins :-)

Then there is something wrong with your computer. Chrome is very stable. If anything crashes on my systems its normally plugin related.

I meant there are a lot of plugins for Firefox, but I only installed a few plugins in Firefox.
For Chrome, I haven't installed any plugin intentionally for it. Maybe Flash is one of them. For Chrome, it crashed a lot when viewing YouTube HD videos. I could easily reproduce a crash in less than an hour. But, for the same Flash in Firefox, no crash at all.

"IE's total market share was 32.31 percent for June 2012, a tiny drop compared to 32.12 in May 2012. "
So it dropped from 32.12 to 32.31. Maybe I'm reading it the wrong way but it doesn't sound right.
As someone else said before me, it's better to have multiple browsers installed. Ok, you use one as your primary browser. But if there's a problem with it, what do you do? Given the fact that you have multiple browsers installed, you'll use another one. Who knows, you might just find something you like.

I'm more concerned with how WebKit now the most dominant layout engine (Chrome + Safari). I really hope we won't be seeing the same problems we've seen with the mobile Web.

Meph said,
I'm more concerned with how WebKit now the most dominant layout engine (Chrome + Safari). I really hope we won't be seeing the same problems we've seen with the mobile Web.

But the quality of mobile browsers has increased massively in the past few years

thealexweb said,

But the quality of mobile browsers has increased massively in the past few years


You misunderstand the issue. The W3C has been very concerned about the problems that WebKit's monopoly on the mobile Web has caused. Basically, a lot of Web sites only work properly in WebKit. See this post from the W3C CSS Working Group co-chairman: http://www.glazman.org/weblog/...-THE-OPEN-WEB-NEEDS-YOU-NOW

As Windows XP marketshare continues to drop, Chrome's marketshare will likely drop and Internet Explorer will probably start gaining some - or at the very least, they will both become more stable. These long trends are likely to slow and stabilize.

rfirth said,
As Windows XP marketshare continues to drop, Chrome's marketshare will likely drop and Internet Explorer will probably start gaining some - or at the very least, they will both become more stable. These long trends are likely to slow and stabilize.

Perhaps but Chrome's long term trend seems to be a slow and steady creep up going off the image above.

Chrome or IE - both by companies who have their own goals. MS were prepared to lose a lot of users by removing IE9 support from XP therfore throwing them at the competition... unless that latest high paid MS marketing hot shot was right and people would upgrade to the latest MS OS in order to keep an MS browser lol.

The one thing I hope is that the end user remains informed and educated - that way we maintain competition between all the browsers which is good for us.

Anyone sticking to one browser, no matter what, just holds back advances and makes the customer look stupid.

Well, it wasn't so much as removing XP support as it was XP not being capable of supporting what they wanted to do.

And yeah, totally agree with you on the browser loyalty. I stuck with Firefox for years until Chrome got extensions implemented. Then it was so long, farewell. Things like this are good though because the hit to Firefox's second place lead has produced rather decent results lately. Still isn't my browser of choice yet, but it could be if Google slacks off too much.

Really interesting numbers, it hasn't taken Google that long to reach #1. Not surprising though, Chrome is an impressive browser.

Shadowzz said,
no way. altho lovely how google stabbed mozilla in the back, is keeping track of all these wonderfull users.

Google recently agreed to increase the amount of cash it gives to Mozilla in exchange for being the default search engine so its not all bad news

Shadowzz said,
no way. altho lovely how google stabbed mozilla in the back, is keeping track of all these wonderfull users.
So because a company decides to no longer support a project, they are stabbed in the back?

What kind of Rubbish is this ? Google gave Mozilla LOADS of help for years, they then decided to make their OWN product, and what does the Mozilla peeps do ? No they don't Thank Google for all their support that helped them along, no, they rant and rave about how Google betrayed them and is undermining them..

Look at the FF Trends, and how many more Chrome users there are.. It shows one thing clearly, MORE people prefer Chrome to Firefox.. Google made a better product for most people. Deal with it.


Stuff like this is why I never liked Firefox.. It's not the browser [ though now I consider the browser to be full of issues.. ].. it's the community.
Before Chrome, it was an Us or Them attitude.. If you didn't use Firefox you were an idiot, whos opinions could be ignored and mocked, and regardless of how valid your issues were, you were a fool for not being one of them.
They attack anyone and anything that doesn't support them.. [ I find this true of most OpenSource communities.. ]