Chrome overtakes Firefox as number two web browser

New data from StatCounter, an Irish metrics company, shows that for the first time, Google Chrome has overtaken Mozilla Firefox as the world's second-most used web browser on a monthly basis in November. Chrome now stands at 25.69 percent worldwide market share, compared to Firefox at 25.23 percent and Microsoft Internet Explorer at 40.63 percent.

While Chrome is not even a mere half percentage point ahead of Firefox according to this data, this milestone is still quite significant, especially considering Chrome's global market share gained 10.8 percent just this year. This huge leap in usage comes almost entirely at the expense of Firefox and Internet Explorer, which lost 5.5 percent and 6.3 percent share respectively.

Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, had this to say about his company's data: "We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally. Our stats measure actual browser usage, not downloads, so while Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads our stats show that people are actually using it to access the web also."

However, data from NetApplications, another research firm, shows Firefox still ahead of Chrome at 22.14 percent and 18.18 percent share respectively. Either way, though, the trends from this past year show that Chrome is gaining in popularity while Firefox seems to have plateaued. They both also have quite a way to go to topple the long-standing market leader, Internet Explorer.

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I find text renders best in IE9, which I use most for daily browsing., In Chrome I notice daily how bad text looks. I use Chrome most for web development. I dont use FF enough to draw a conclusion on its text rendering.

I've been using chrome for a long time but lately I cannot open Amazon.com on it. Yea AMAZON.COM...weird isn't it? Ill probably switch back to IE again.

R-Metal said,
I've been using chrome for a long time but lately I cannot open Amazon.com on it. Yea AMAZON.COM...weird isn't it? Ill probably switch back to IE again.

This happens to me. Except CNN and WEATHER.com load but they freeze chrome or make it slow until I kill the process. I also can't load some sites but if I try it on my mobile or IE it will work.

Tekkerson said,
What kind of errors do you get? You should probably get some help on the forums, that's what Neowin is for!

I don't get any errors. it just keeps on loading the website but nothing comes up (the screen stays white).

R-Metal said,

I don't get any errors. it just keeps on loading the website but nothing comes up (the screen stays white).

Try the refresh button.

It's nice to see a browser doing so well without the company behind it breaking all sorts of laws and putting other companies out of business.

Hey man, to me the browser is the fastest and just works so seamlessly. I'm sure other people think the same.

You just can't help using something so good and free! : D

Order_66 said,
It's nice to see a browser doing so well without the company behind it breaking all sorts of laws and putting other companies out of business.

The best part is they are giving a company who practiced all that a run for their money.

Finally! Firefox is just getting old now, I mean you still have to restart after adding themes or add-ons. Chrome, no problem.

Possession said,
Finally! Firefox is just getting old now, I mean you still have to restart after adding themes or add-ons. Chrome, no problem.

Addons using the new API don't require a restart. Developers are to be blamed, not Firefox

I cannot get along with Chrome, I've been a firefox user for far too long so don't like it out of my comfort zone. I've always found chrome to be quite bland, I've tried to use it but just don't get along with it. I don't get on well with Opera, Safari or IE either.

Comfort zone is all it is, everyone has their preferences of course

Google truly deserved this as Chrome is the best browser on earth...

Everybody seems to love Chrome...

Well done Google...

lomas said,
Google truly deserved this as Chrome is the best browser on earth...

Everybody seems to love Chrome...

Well done Google...


I don't love chrome at all.

...for me personally chrome compared to the latest firefox nightly it's junk.


I don't use firefox for addons I use it because works perfect for me on every aspect.

I can't say one way or another about the way that the percentage of users was determined, but I can say that however the stats were determined, they do not take corporate uses into account. For example, at my place of work there are two authorized browsers allowed on company machines: IE and Firefox. Attempts to load Google or Opera get flagged by our monitoring software as attempts to load unauthorized software and are blocked (yes, blocked). Chrome also has too many incompatibilities with company websites and certificates to be viewed as a stable, mature software package for general use.

As for my personal browser, well, I'm writing this reply under Firefox. Google Chrome is not loaded on my system, I have tried to use it for months at a time and ended up frustrated with its odd behavior and have removed it (and most all Google-related software) off my machine. My dislike of IE is higher, but as long as Microsoft requires it for downloading updates, well, I'm stuck with it.

Upshot: Not everyone likes Chrome, not everyone can use Chrome, not everyone will be allowed to obtain Chrome.

Never have used or liked Firefox much, but IMO, Chrome is even worse! Don't have a clue what anyone see's in it?

It's not even close to fast on any of my computers, which is about the ONLY thing that could possibly make me want to use it. Not that any of the browsers are slow enough to make me set and say something like what is taking this thing so long to do anything?

Have no use for extensions except adblock and flashblock (which isn't that important) Why would I want to install things that are just going to start slowing down the browser when I'm concerned about speed? Dumb!!

I know I'm WAY different than most people here, thankfully, but I'll stick with my IE 9 and Seamonkey and once in a while Opera!

Chrome is not better - its just being spammed more with other programs as in "fly by night" installers within the installer all PRE-CHECKED!! So it gets installed if you like it or not then takes over as default browser and some people just keep on using it.

Yeah, the more variety of browsers out there the better. Lazy web developers are forced to make sure their stuff works on all the popular engines.

I wonder how many people out there using chrome actual know they are using chrome and not IE.
The way it can install itself as an add on from other pieces of software many people probably don't even know they installed it and have it set as default browser.

ColtSevers said,
I wonder how many people out there using chrome actual know they are using chrome and not IE.
The way it can install itself as an add on from other pieces of software many people probably don't even know they installed it and have it set as default browser.

You mean the same way IE comes installed by default with Windows and how most people don't know what a browser is?

More browsers equate to a better internet, it forces web developers to focus beyond the old ways of the "Internet Explorer-based rendering engine" and it forces Mozilla, Opera, Microsoft, Google, Apple and others to keep innovating and improving their browsers. IE9 (On Windows Vista+) is such a major step in the right direction that I can actually recommend it as a viable browser. On older Microsoft OS's (2000, XP, 2003), I always recommend that a user pick an alternative that they feel comfortable with due to the insecurity and "web standard" limitations of IE8; if Microsoft cared about browser market share, they would port at least the IE9 rendering engine down to XP/2003.

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