Chrome version 15 is world's number one web browser

If you believe the numbers that have been generated by the web site statistic service StatCounter, Google's Chrome 15 web browser is now the most used browser software in the world. PCWorld.com reports that Chrome 15 went past Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 to reach the number one spot.

StatCounter claimed that in the last two weeks of November and the first week of December, Chrome 15 was used by 24 percent of web browser users worldwide compared to 22.9 percent for IE8. It was the first time ever in StatCounter's history that a web browser not developed and released by Microsoft had reached the top spot on its stat numbers.

The results show that Google's Chrome web browser is definitely gaining more and more users worldwide. Just a few weeks ago, StatCounter claimed that Chrome had overtaken Mozilla's Firefox to become the world's number two web browser in terms of cumulative web browsers rather than specific versions.

A few days ago, Google launched Chrome 16 as part of the company's fast and automatic update plans. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced it would start its own automatic update program for Internet Explorer web browser starting in 2012. We should note that IE is still the most popular platform for browsing the web. 

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Microsoft seems love the 20th century... IE is so last century, as is the look of Windows 8. Zing!

Use the browser YOU want, not one forced down your throat. Oh... Ah well, it's 2012 soon, and you STILL cannot remove IE from Windows, it has hooks that go too deep.

It's fairly obvious this is because of the more strict auto-update chrome employs (notice the almost complete lack of previous versions of Chrome on the graph) whereas IE is more fragmented over version (IE6, 7, 9 and 8). Were you ignore versions, IE would still be #1
See http://gs.statcounter.com/#bro...w-monthly-201112-201112-bar

Maybe with Microsoft pushing IE on autoupdate, this will improve.

Edited by Simon., Dec 19 2011, 3:00pm :

This week I have installed the latest dev Chromium build to see how it is with chrome, I think that there is a big "placebo" effect with it. I find Firefox Nightly a lot much smoother, faster and stable than Chrome in every aspect.


I am pretty sure that Chrome it's not the "world's number one browser", even if gets a lot of publicity and it comes to install by default with most of the freeware software


PS. I bet that most of the people don't understand the importance and implications of placebo effect.

ummm... that StatCounter link shows IE8 still in the lead by at least a % in the "worldwide" stats... & in US its at least 15% ahead of Chrome15... for Nov '11 time period...

i guess "haters gotta hate" applies a lot to JC judging form many of his so called "journalistic reports"....

PacificAk said,
ummm... that StatCounter link shows IE8 still in the lead by at least a % in the "worldwide" stats... & in US its at least 15% ahead of Chrome15... for Nov '11 time period...

i guess "haters gotta hate" applies a lot to JC judging form many of his so called "journalistic reports"....


JC needs to be fired... Many of his "news" has misleading titles and factual mistakes. He's also very much anti MS.

Google Chrome is too good with all those special add-on...you can't resist that!!

IE9 or 10 is like been locked down..can't do much with those little plug-in...

Firefox performance is sluggish ever since chrome born~

Futuristic1 said,
Google Chrome is too good with all those special add-on...you can't resist that!!

IE9 or 10 is like been locked down..can't do much with those little plug-in...

Firefox performance is sluggish ever since chrome born~

Extentions is the only part I'll agree that IE lacks strength in but on the flip side, I don't care or use them so in the end, people like me, it's not an issue.

iwillneverstop said,
I use Chrome via SRWare Iron. But IE9 is still my default web browser and then Firefox 4.

Firefox 4? Where have you been , Firefox 9 is about to release

bogas04 said,

Firefox 4? Where have you been , Firefox 9 is about to release

FF4 is the latest version that Google toolbar supports it. That's why I don't update to FF 5, 6 7 or 8.

GP007 said,

Yeah, but FF9 is more like version 4.6.

What's in the name/version name ? Improvements matter more
Clearly firefox 9 is 50~60% faster than firefox 4 while 30% faster than Firefox 8 (TypeInference)

bogas04 said,

What's in the name/version name ? Improvements matter more
Clearly firefox 9 is 50~60% faster than firefox 4 while 30% faster than Firefox 8 (TypeInference)

No one says improvements aren't good, just that the whole updating of the major version number even when you've made small changes is silly. Performance and bug fixing were always something that fell into the minor parts of a apps version numbering. No one has a real problem here, in the end we're just poking some fun at it.

This is a never ending argument. Sure most people just click IE and go and any one that knows a little installs a different browser.

Personally, on this particular machine, I have 4 browsers installed. IE 9, Opera, Seamonkey and Palemoon (HATE Firefox and Chrome).

I won't pick a favorite browser, but I will disagree that Chrome is the best browser.

cork1958 said,
Personally, on this particular machine, I have 4 browsers installed. IE 9, Opera, Seamonkey and Palemoon (HATE Firefox and Chrome).

How can you hate Firefox yet use a browser that's just a recompiled and rebranded version of Firefox?

The only reason Internet Explorer is #1 is because computer illiterate people around the world just open the only browser they see on there computer.

Chrome is by far the best browser. Just love it. Little things they do that make it a joy to use compared to the others.

Boyd Petersen said,
The only reason Internet Explorer is #1 is because computer illiterate people around the world just open the only browser they see on there computer.

Chrome is by far the best browser. Just love it. Little things they do that make it a joy to use compared to the others.

The only reason people use chrome is to "prove" that they are not illiterate with computers. How else can you "prove" it? l o l

Boyd Petersen said,
The only reason Internet Explorer is #1 is because computer illiterate people around the world just open the only browser they see on there computer.

Chrome is by far the best browser. Just love it. Little things they do that make it a joy to use compared to the others.


To tell the truth, most of my "computer illiterate" friends use Chrome...my "computer literate" friends use either Firefox or IE (depending on whether they're MS fanboys or not)

For "computer literate" people, Firefox is a much better browser IMO because it's so custsomizable....

Matthew_Thepc said,

To tell the truth, most of my "computer illiterate" friends use Chrome...my "computer literate" friends use either Firefox or IE (depending on whether they're MS fanboys or not)

For "computer literate" people, Firefox is a much better browser IMO because it's so custsomizable....

most chrome users are using it because their 'techfriend' told them to do so OR because it automatically got installed when they downloaded some freeware software where chrome gets shuffed into your computer and dont know how to change it back.

Everyone always says that the version number of Chrome doesn't matter, but hey, it's version number is always in the headlines. CSB.

morrizz said,
I think I might give this a try. FF8 has been using a lot of memory on my 2GB RAM laptop.

You may find that Chrome uses more.

I really have trouble deciding between Chrome and IE...I personally use IE10 (wdp) close to 100% of the time, but every now and then I'll pull out Chrome just for the hell of it. Both are great browsers, but IMO, IE10 is, actually, quite a joy to develop with. Just my personal opinion; many a person will say IE is horrible for development, but personally I've had a very good experience with it.

Matthew_Thepc said,
is this including Android browsing?

Mobile browsing is getting more common, but still doesn't account for too many percents of the overall worldwide browser market. I have a feeling this result wouldn't change regardless if Android browsing is counted or not.

Matthew_Thepc said,
I really have trouble deciding between Chrome and IE...I personally use IE10 (wdp) close to 100% of the time, but every now and then I'll pull out Chrome just for the hell of it. Both are great browsers, but IMO, IE10 is, actually, quite a joy to develop with. Just my personal opinion; many a person will say IE is horrible for development, but personally I've had a very good experience with it.

few things i like about chrome is bookmark sync and extensions.... its fast and features get rolledout quickly rather than wait for IE11 for ages.... but i love IE10 too but i use it less.

Frazell Thomas said,
Really, who cares? The whole point of a "standard focused web" is that we can choose whatever browser we want.

And I wonder how many webpages on the Internet are "standards-compliant". I just checked http://www.google.com/, http://www.bing.com/, http://www.apple.com/ and http://www.neowin.net/, none of them passed the W3C validator. Web developers and even end-users always complain different browsers have different rendering result, but when I asked if their HTML/ CSS documents are standards-compliant, they couldn't answer me and simply complain "oh W3C standards are tooooo strict and we can hardly pass it!!!".

I know that some features in HTML5/ ECMAScript/ CSS are not supported by all browsers, but developers following the standards is more important.

BTW, the only well-know webpage which passes W3C validator I know is http://www.opera.com/.

GraphiteCube said,

And I wonder how many webpages on the Internet are "standards-compliant". I just checked http://www.google.com/, http://www.bing.com/, http://www.apple.com/ and http://www.neowin.net/, none of them passed the W3C validator. Web developers and even end-users always complain different browsers have different rendering result, but when I asked if their HTML/ CSS documents are standards-compliant, they couldn't answer me and simply complain "oh W3C standards are tooooo strict and we can hardly pass it!!!".

I know that some features in HTML5/ ECMAScript/ CSS are not supported by all browsers, but developers following the standards is more important.


Well said!

GraphiteCube said,

And I wonder how many webpages on the Internet are "standards-compliant". I just checked http://www.google.com/, http://www.bing.com/, http://www.apple.com/ and http://www.neowin.net/, none of them passed the W3C validator. Web developers and even end-users always complain different browsers have different rendering result, but when I asked if their HTML/ CSS documents are standards-compliant, they couldn't answer me and simply complain "oh W3C standards are tooooo strict and we can hardly pass it!!!".

I know that some features in HTML5/ ECMAScript/ CSS are not supported by all browsers, but developers following the standards is more important.

BTW, the only well-know webpage which passes W3C validator I know is http://www.opera.com/.

Not sure how you expect us developers to stay standards compliant when the viewing platforms are not?
Many hacks have to be used to make sure that websites meet several major milestones...

1) What the user expects
2) Browser compatibility

When all browsers adhere to the standards then so can all sites.
Saying that, the web is an open platform and there is nothing to say you HAVE to be standards compliant.

GraphiteCube said,

I know that some features in HTML5/ ECMAScript/ CSS are not supported by all browsers, but developers following the standards is more important.

I'd argue that creating the best possible website you can is the most important thing. I've seen developers cripple websites because they've been so obsessed with sticking to standards.

Most of them now would have been updated to version 16 by now, because of the automatic updating.

Jarrichvdv said,

That's what the article says, yes. You don't have to repeat the whole essence of the post.
Thanks.

Public discussion mate. You don't like, then don't come here.

trollonknoll said,
We should not that IE is still the most popular platform for browsing the web. ???

We should not <what> that IE is still the ....

the word you're looking for is "note"