Chrome gaining ground on Firefox, IE drops

It looks as if Google’s aggressive TV advertising campaign for their Chrome browser is showing some signs of success if new browser share results are anything to go by.

According to CNet, Chrome is now being used by one out of every eight people on the Internet thanks to an increase from 11.9 percent to a 12.5 percent share during the month of May. Google has been promoting Chrome heavily not just on the web, but also via an aggressive television campaign showing off emotional ways in which families can use the browser.

Microsoft has once again lost a small share of browser usage, dropping from 55.1 percent to 54.3, though there has been a marked increase in users trying out Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 9 release, which has grown from 2.4 percent in April to 4.2 percent in May.

Firefox meanwhile, made another small user base increase, rising from 21.6 percent to 21.7 percent, and while Apple’s Safari browser has been showing a steady gain for the past few months, May saw just an increase from 7.2 percent to 7.3 percent over all.

If current trends continue on during the coming months, Google’s Chrome browser could well overtake Firefox to become the second-ranked browser in terms of worldwide usage.

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Somebody needs to knock some sense into the Chinese government and get them to force its country's users to abandon IE6, or is the high usage attributed to the popularity of IE-based Maxthon over there? If they can censor various web sites, why not the browsers too?

Sarcasm aside, it's disappointing to see more than 10% of Internet users still rely on such an outdated web browser.

Love my ie9. No issues whatsoever. I read someones post the other day who suggested the only reason why people use firefox is because they have no idea what they're running and because it was a family member who just put them on to it.
Advertising certainly helps though.

cleverclogs said,
Love my ie9. No issues whatsoever. I read someones post the other day who suggested the only reason why people use firefox is because they have no idea what they're running and because it was a family member who just put them on to it.
Advertising certainly helps though.

So when people use MS products it's because the product is awesome but when people use a product made by another company it's because they have no idea what they're doing.

IE 9 is a step in the right direction for MS. It's fast. It's standard. And there's no reason to no use it if you like the UI (unlike previous version of IE).

But Firefox is a good browser. My only real problem with it is as a dev i like to let it open after a day of work. After 5 days it can take as much as 1GB or ram (while IE after 5 days may take around 100MB). So i need to close Firefox every 3 days or it gets laggy.

But Firefox has its advantage and IE has its advantage. It's a lot more easier to find, install and update addons for Firefox. And some of them are very good for a web dev like httpfox.

its always good to see when everything but IE is going up, while IE itself its going down... no matter the methods used to achieve this

I use IE9 mostly now, Chrome has sadly been removed from my PC's. It causes system resource and page loading issues. Shame.

I use Chrome mainly now. It's just that good. Still have FF installed for dev and testing and IE, not sure...haven't really seen the need to go through the effort to remove it from Windows 7 yet.

daniel_rh said,
Does it matter anymore?

No

But if one of those ever get close to 90% market share again then it will.

MS Lose32 said,
As a web developer, I couldn't be happier with IE's demise! (Even though IE9 is not bad at all.)

+1
Although I must say that chome's simplicity and missing some of the basic functions translates sometimes into a somewhat frustrating experience!

I would cancel my internet service before I'd use Chrome. It's the "trendy" browser now though so it's going to gain share of course.

TRC said,
I would cancel my internet service before I'd use Chrome. It's the "trendy" browser now though so it's going to gain share of course.

Man, you're so not cool for not using Chrome. Use Chrome, and you'll be cool.

KavazovAngel said,

Man, you're so not cool for not using Chrome. Use Chrome, and you'll be cool.

And possibly even get laid .................................Maybe not

TRC said,
I would cancel my internet service before I'd use Chrome. It's the "trendy" browser now though so it's going to gain share of course.
What's wrong with Chrome?

MS Lose32 said,
What's wrong with Chrome?

I hate the UI for one thing. It's so dumbed down it's almost unusable. I don't want a browser made by Fisher-Price. It doesn't support any of the addons I like, and frankly I don't like Google and their business practices so I'd like to support them as little as possible. My choice of not using it has nothing to do with "being cool" as opposed to what the insecure nitwits above say.

Edited by Rigby, Jun 1 2011, 7:05pm :

TRC said,

I hate the UI for one thing. It's so dumbed down it's almost unusable. I don't want
a browser made by Fisher-Price. It doesn't support any of the addons I like, and
frankly I don't like Google and their business practices so I'd like to support
them as little as possible. My choice of not using it has nothing to do with
"being cool" as opposed to what the insecure nitwits above say.


Here, here. SeaMonkey all the way for me ... the developers of which have actively chosen
to NOT dumb down the UI in any way, sticking with standard UI elements, and not hiding
anything behind obscure little buttons containing only cherry picked options.


While Firefox 4 is, by default, very similar to Chrome, at least it can be customised to look
like a proper browser again, rather than something better off used on a mobile device
or public internet browsing facilities such as coin operated internet kiosks.

I love Chrome, and the built-in sync between computers, background updating and simplicity. Few extensions I used on FF I really miss as having changed my way of working to Chrome's way it really is better - I'm sure Google user-tested it so much they made the best browser and way-to-do-things route - I was locked to FF but after 2 weeks of Chrome I uninstalled FF...Chrome is simply better, and once they make it lighter (usage and download) there really isn't any need to use ff or ie.

fenderMarky said,
The secret? A new version every moth so you keep attention (and downloads) high...

I dunno... Users don't even notice when Chrome updates since they're silent. And Google don't advertise their releases very much either. Actually not at all to the non-geek crowd.

i've been using chrome at work and on my home laptop. its nice and fast. my home desktop still uses ie9 though..not sure why i havnet installed chrome there either yet

Meh, to be completely honest I don't really like Chrome but it's good to see Google doing the necessary things to combat in the Browser market. With that many people using their browser they're obviously pulling strings in the right direction. It's funny though because most of the people on forums seem to dislike Chrome yet so many people use it! Probably just selective memory!

Wonder why so many are so eager for IE to disappear, its a free product so its not as though its going to hurt Microsoft, which is what they seem to want.

efjay said,
Wonder why so many are so eager for IE to disappear, its a free product so its not as though its going to hurt Microsoft, which is what they seem to want.

It gets in the way of platform independence. Many see the future as operating system agnostic, this is not possible with IE (at least it wasn't in the past).

efjay said,
Wonder why so many are so eager for IE to disappear, its a free product so its not as though its going to hurt Microsoft, which is what they seem to want.
If you've ever had to develop for IE6/7, you'd understand.

efjay said,
its a free product so its not as though its going to hurt Microsoft, which is what they seem to want.

How do you think Bing gets its marketshare? It's because it's the default search engine, on the default browser, of virtually every OEM PC shipped. Without IE, Bing would be at 0.000001% marketshare, even less than the 1% it's at today.

Flawed said,

How do you think Bing gets its marketshare? It's because it's the default search engine, on the default browser, of virtually every OEM PC shipped. Without IE, Bing would be at 0.000001% marketshare, even less than the 1% it's at today.

On first startup, you can select other search engines, its default if you just blindly click next or choose it to be.

Flawed said,
Without IE, Bing would be at 0.000001% marketshare, even less than the 1% it's at today.

Flawed and his blatant lies.. In the US Bing is almost at 30%. You can use Google to check.

efjay said,
Wonder why so many are so eager for IE to disappear, its a free product so its not as though its going to hurt Microsoft, which is what they seem to want.

Because they are fanboys

It's not a failure because it doesn't include those things. Some third party needs to make a decent FREE Adblocker though.

Udedenkz said,
IE9 needs 1. SpellCheck 2. Proper F-in Adblock 3. No-Script
This is the reason why IE9 is a failure.

True, it needs all of those. There is Adblockie and Speckie. There is some basic filtering in but nothing compares to noscript at the moment. What, however, IE really needs is:

1). Community (real one) with a true extension repository (IEaddons is nice, but has limits)
2). Opensource the code... all of it
3). Opensource the code... let it be ported to other operating systems

The last two will never happen. The first is unlikely.

azure.sapphire said,

True, it needs all of those. There is Adblockie and Speckie. There is some basic filtering in but nothing compares to noscript at the moment. What, however, IE really needs is:

1). Community (real one) with a true extension repository (IEaddons is nice, but has limits)
2). Opensource the code... all of it
3). Opensource the code... let it be ported to other operating systems

The last two will never happen. The first is unlikely.


1. Maybe when they start to lose more market share.
2, 3. Never going to happen.

azure.sapphire said,

True, it needs all of those. There is Adblockie and Speckie. There is some basic filtering in but nothing compares to noscript at the moment. What, however, IE really needs is:

1). Community (real one) with a true extension repository (IEaddons is nice, but has limits)
2). Opensource the code... all of it
3). Opensource the code... let it be ported to other operating systems

The last two will never happen. The first is unlikely.

Definately agree with 1. Finding, installing and updating addons for Firefox is so easy.

Udedenkz said,
IE9 needs 1. SpellCheck 2. Proper F-in Adblock 3. No-Script
This is the reason why IE9 is a failure.

IE9 has build in adblocker, works just fine.
And for the others.... GOOGLE IS THOU FRIEND!

Udedenkz said,
IE9 needs 1. SpellCheck 2. Proper F-in Adblock 3. No-Script
This is the reason why IE9 is a failure.

1. IE9 has a build-in ad-blocking feature
2. Use Speckie

Shadowzz said,

IE9 has build in adblocker, works just fine.
And for the others.... GOOGLE IS THOU FRIEND!

It is NOWHERE as good.

TechDudeGeorge said,
Shocking, even though Google Chrome is the worst browser yet It freaking sucks!

If its that bad you should consider reinstalling windows, there's defo something up at your end.

thealexweb said,

If its that bad you should consider reinstalling windows, there's defo something up at your end.

Tried that, I even resorted to trying out Vista... was even worse... So I'm stuck between Firefox and this

qdave said,
IE y u no do better
Maybe because, even though IE9 is not bad, there's still too much bad blood between IE and web developers due to IE6/7/8.

MS Lose32 said,
Maybe because, even though IE9 is not bad, there's still too much bad blood between IE and web developers due to IE6/7/8.

its funny because IE6 at times basically used to be THE standard

qdave said,
IE y u no do better

"grown from 2.4 percent in April to 4.2 percent in May"

I call that healthy growth. If it continues at this rate, IE9 is doing very good.

Why cant Microsoft make something as fast and easy to use as Chrome? I don't understand really. IE9 is so slow compared to chrome for me. Takes ages to load, feels sluggish. Chrome on the other hand just opens up and is ready to go.

Jagjit Singh said,
Why cant Microsoft make something as fast and easy to use as Chrome? I don't understand really. IE9 is so slow compared to chrome for me. Takes ages to load, feels sluggish. Chrome on the other hand just opens up and is ready to go.

There is something definitely wrong at your end then. One every system I have used IE9 (including my own 3), IE9 beats anything Chrome in performance.

dhan said,

There is something definitely wrong at your end then. One every system I have used IE9 (including my own 3), IE9 beats anything Chrome in performance.

They're about even for me. Chrome's a little more reliable and they perform about the same, but IE9 uses resources more efficiently IMO. I stick with it except in the rare cases I have issues.

dhan said,

There is something definitely wrong at your end then. One every system I have used IE9 (including my own 3), IE9 beats anything Chrome in performance.
Always someone else's fault huh? I bought a new computer recently, installed Windows 7 and one of the first things that I tried before doing anything else was launching IE9... surprise surprise it was slow as hell at opening a tab. You going to put that down to other software slowing it down or outdated hardware?

LordBattleBeard said,
Always someone else's fault huh? I bought a new computer recently, installed Windows 7 and one of the first things that I tried before doing anything else was launching IE9... surprise surprise it was slow as hell at opening a tab. You going to put that down to other software slowing it down or outdated hardware?

IE9 beats everything else on all my systems.

I'll assume you've tried No Add-ons mode just to rule out add-ons, etc.

Well my laptop isnt exactly great (Dual core, 1gb ram), but IE9 is slow for some reason.

Ive disabled all addons and its just default. I dont really know why. I guess when I get a new laptop I will try IE9 out properly. It most likely will be faster

DonC said,

IE9 beats everything else on all my systems.

I'll assume you've tried No Add-ons mode just to rule out add-ons, etc.

I never enabled accelerators and addons to begin with, so you would be correct in assuming that.

Jagjit Singh said,
IE9 is so slow compared to chrome for me. Takes ages to load, feels sluggish.

I love my Opera but if there's one thing IE9 does the quickest it's starting. Basically instant here, even if I haven't used it for a while and it's not in the cache. And sluggish? Hell no, it's opening pages at least as fast as the rest.

Jagjit Singh said,
Why cant Microsoft make something as fast and easy to use as Chrome? I don't understand really. IE9 is so slow compared to chrome for me. Takes ages to load, feels sluggish. Chrome on the other hand just opens up and is ready to go.

IE9 is already faster than Chrome 12. You just need to disable some add-ons.

LordBattleBeard said,
Always someone else's fault huh? I bought a new computer recently, installed Windows 7 and one of the first things that I tried before doing anything else was launching IE9... surprise surprise it was slow as hell at opening a tab. You going to put that down to other software slowing it down or outdated hardware?

How many IE addons are install?

I've shown people IE9 and they just refuse to use it because they think it's like the older versions. Microsoft needs some ads too.

Anooxy said,
I've shown people IE9 and they just refuse to use it because they think it's like the older versions. Microsoft needs some ads too.
I give every new IE release a fair try before dismissing it. IE9 has to be about one of the fugliest browsers ever created by man, oh and it crashed after about 5 minutes of use. Until IE10 then...

As for advertising, Microsoft needs to first hire a new marketing team before they waste any more money on advertising its products. "To the cloud with windows live"... what were they thinking? worst advertising ever, as if the average joe understands what "the cloud" is.

LordBattleBeard said,
I give every new IE release a fair try before dismissing it. IE9 has to be about one of the fugliest browsers ever created by man, oh and it crashed after about 5 minutes of use. Until IE10 then...

As for advertising, Microsoft needs to first hire a new marketing team before they waste any more money on advertising its products. "To the cloud with windows live"... what were they thinking? worst advertising ever, as if the average joe understands what "the cloud" is.


IE9 crash entirely? then something is wrong with your windows.
oh and you can get it to look pretty much the same as IE7/8 in 2 seconds.

Shadowzz said,

IE9 crash entirely? then something is wrong with your windows.
oh and you can get it to look pretty much the same as IE7/8 in 2 seconds.
Brand new computer with a fresh install of Windows 7, so yeah, how about no.
Could do, yes, should have to, no.

Anooxy said,
I've shown people IE9 and they just refuse to use it because they think it's like the older versions. Microsoft needs some ads too.

Same. Until i installed it on my gf's laptop, and she asked me what this good new browser was called, i said IE9. and she death stared me >:]

LordBattleBeard said,
I give every new IE release a fair try before dismissing it. IE9 has to be about one of the fugliest browsers ever created by man, oh and it crashed after about 5 minutes of use. Until IE10 then...

As for advertising, Microsoft needs to first hire a new marketing team before they waste any more money on advertising its products. "To the cloud with windows live"... what were they thinking? worst advertising ever, as if the average joe understands what "the cloud" is.


Here's my advice: disable 15-30 IE add-ons and IE will be faster than Chrome.

I like that every browser, albeit small, increased its share. Im not saying that IE should dissapear, i just want an even browser market, if all browsers follow standards then in the end its a matter of need and preferences.

The downside it's increasing number of fanboys who, for some stuoid reason, think everyone should use what they use. Reminds me or certain userbase...

sanctified said,
I like that every browser, albeit small, increased its share. Im Reminds me or certain userbase...

Yep, just look at below comments. These are not users, are evangelists.

sanctified said,
I like that every browser, albeit small, increased its share. Im not saying that IE should dissapear, i just want an even browser market, if all browsers follow standards then in the end its a matter of need and preferences.

The downside it's increasing number of fanboys who, for some stuoid reason, think everyone should use what they use. Reminds me or certain userbase...

How prophetic. Half of the following posts fit the 'fanboy' profile. Me, I use all three. And the new Opera looks fine, too!

techfreak said,

How prophetic. Half of the following posts fit the 'fanboy' profile.

Not prophetic, sadly I know this community. Software it's just a set of tool, people should use what they need and stop flaunting them as the best thing ever. Not even religions deserve that threatment.

sanctified said,
I like that every browser, albeit small, increased its share. Im not saying that IE should dissapear, i just want an even browser market, if all browsers follow standards then in the end its a matter of need and preferences.

The downside it's increasing number of fanboys who, for some stuoid reason, think everyone should use what they use. Reminds me or certain userbase...

Nice in theory but looking at it from the shoes of someone who has to write/modify the markup for all of these different browsers.

sanctified said,
The downside it's increasing number of fanboys who, for some stuoid reason, think everyone should use what they use. Reminds me or certain userbase...

As a web developer, I just want people to use web browsers that support the most web standards.

Meph said,

As a web developer, I just want people to use web browsers that support the most web standards.

And that IS a great reason. Because of that ms has tried to support more standards with each new version. I truly think we have reached an era where all the main browsers and the most popular alternatives support standards satisfactory. At least were getting there fast.

sanctified said,
I like that every browser, albeit small, increased its share. Im not saying that IE should dissapear, i just want an even browser market, if all browsers follow standards then in the end its a matter of need and preferences.

The downside it's increasing number of fanboys who, for some stuoid reason, think everyone should use what they use. Reminds me or certain userbase...


LOL What? How can *every* browser increase their share? The pie is only 100%. No room for any more.

I switched over from Chromium with Firefox 4.0.1

I installed a Chrome theme, so now it's like using Chrome's smooth interface, except with loads more functionality.