IE and Chrome still fighting it out for browser market share

A few months ago, the Internet was all abuzz over StatCounter's research numbers that seemed to show Google's Chrome web browser had become the most popular browser for PC owners worldwide. Now the latest report from that same company show that Microsoft's Internet Explorer has gained back some of its ground.

StatCounter's number for August 2012 show that Chrome had 33.59 percent of the worldwide web browser share, compared to 33.81 percent in July. The market share for IE in August was 32.85 percent, compared to 32.05 percent in July.

These new numbers show that the big user growth in Chrome has indeed slowed down, while there's also a slight resurgence in IE usage. It remains to be seen if this is just an anomaly or the start of a new trend.

One trend that does continue is the loss of Firefox users. StatCounter shows that Mozilla's web browser was used by 22.85 percent of PC owners worldwide in August. Its market share has gone down quite a bit in the last three months. In May, Firefox had 25.55 percent of the web browser share, according to StatCounter. Safari is still a distant fourth on the list with 7.39 percent.

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From experience:

Home use, Firefox. Still my favorite. I have at least 15 active tabs (many more in tab groups but not visited often). Usually only restart it when i restart for Windows Update (i hibernate all the time). Its rock solid, sits at about 600mb ram, but never leaks memory.

IE9 at work, works fine massive improvement from 8. Leaks memory from tabs if you leave them open past 3 days or so. I often end up with single tabs taking 150mb+. When Windows starts complaining about low memory i know its IE.

Chrome, dont use it much, doesn't leak memory as bad as IE9, but doesn't deal with lots of tabs open over a long period as well as Firefox. Its the fastest, but really at this point you only really notice the speed difference in benchmarks.

Mr Spoon said,
If there was a way to block ads in IE then I'd use it as my primary browser.
Until then, Chrome it is

Exactly. TPL's only go so far. YouTube ads aren't blocked, and places where ads would be either have a red x or an empty box. Chrome and Firefox have far better ad block options.

Mr Spoon said,
If there was a way to block ads in IE then I'd use it as my primary browser.
Until then, Chrome it is

Hosts file? I use metro IE10 and haven't seen an ad in months

blogs are so hard up for a headline is laughable.

NetApplications statistics

Market Share of Internet Explorer Internet Explorer 53.9%
Market Share of Firefox Firefox 20.2%
Market Share of Chrome Chrome 18.9%
Market Share of Safari Safari 4.9%

vcfan said,
blogs are so hard up for a headline is laughable.

NetApplications statistics

Market Share of Internet Explorer Internet Explorer 53.9%
Market Share of Firefox Firefox 20.2%
Market Share of Chrome Chrome 18.9%
Market Share of Safari Safari 4.9%


NetApplications is not reliable... Google confirmed in IO that Chrome is the most popular browser according to their metrics which perfectly match with this stat.

still1 said,

NetApplications is not reliable... Google confirmed in IO that Chrome is the most popular browser according to their metrics which perfectly match with this stat.

Oh, well if Google says it, then it must be true.

Meanwhile, if some third party says something positive about a Microsoft product, then it must be a study that is paid for by Microsoft and therefore you cannot trust it.

nohone said,

Oh, well if Google says it, then it must be true.

Meanwhile, if some third party says something positive about a Microsoft product, then it must be a study that is paid for by Microsoft and therefore you cannot trust it.


these third party companies are very small company company compared to Googles most popular google.com website. so yes, it acceptable that it might be true.

still1 said,

NetApplications is not reliable... Google confirmed in IO that Chrome is the most popular browser according to their metrics which perfectly match with this stat.

Google would have absolutely no reason to lie about this.

still1 said,

these third party companies are very small company company compared to Googles most popular google.com website. so yes, it acceptable that it might be true.

The point is, that Google can put out whatever they want, and you seem to believe them. However, some 3rd party could run performance checks and say that JavaScript in IE is the fastest, people are more productive using Office than Google Docs, or developers are more productive on .NET than Java, and people start screaming that Microsoft must have some hand in manipulating those studies by paying for it.

Google can claim all they want, until we see the data and methodology behind their studies, and take it with a grain of salt because those stats were engineered by Google themselves, then the info from Google is as useless as what people claim from 3rd party studies.

still1 said,

NetApplications is not reliable... Google confirmed in IO that Chrome is the most popular browser according to their metrics which perfectly match with this stat.

and Microsoft said statcounter is garbage statistics and netapplications is accurate and matches with their stats.

nohone said,

The point is, that Google can put out whatever they want, and you seem to believe them. However, some 3rd party could run performance checks and say that JavaScript in IE is the fastest, people are more productive using Office than Google Docs, or developers are more productive on .NET than Java, and people start screaming that Microsoft must have some hand in manipulating those studies by paying for it.

Google can claim all they want, until we see the data and methodology behind their studies, and take it with a grain of salt because those stats were engineered by Google themselves, then the info from Google is as useless as what people claim from 3rd party studies.


so u saw the stat of other companies??? comeon... whatever it is chrome is doing better.

I like Chrome (I'm using the browse to post this comment) but IE9 is a great browser too. Right now Chrome has good word of mouth, while IE9 has baggage that no longer applies to the current version on Windows 7.

That being said, where's IE10 for Windows 7??

.Neo said,
All that fighting and bickering did wonders for Opera's market share I see.

opera who? all they did helped google chome in a big way. now they're taking funding from google. opera still doesn't have a great marketshare so google won't have to pay them much.

There's no fight. The fight is until people educate themselves about their browser. Then, the game is lost for IE and we know it.

PC EliTiST said,
There's no fight. The fight is until people educate themselves about their browser. Then, the game is lost for IE and we know it.

There's no fight. The fight is until people would be educated about their browser. Then, the game is lost for chrome and we know it. /See, I can do this too.

PC EliTiST said,
There's no fight. The fight is until people would be educated about their browser. Then, the game is lost for IE and we know it.

Uh, no? I've used IE9 as my main browser for a long time and IE10 is even better. What does it not do exactly? Unless you're crazy about extensions, in which case you'd use FF anyways, I honestly don't see anything technically to make chrome so much greater that you'd think it's game over for IE. Hell, I never liked chrome and i've tried it a few times, plus it's a big chunk of google spyware.

PC EliTiST said,
There's no fight. The fight is until people educate themselves about their browser. Then, the game is lost for IE and we know it.

It's more like those "educated tech" people should stop forcing their biased preferences on all non-tech PC users around them.

PC EliTiST said,
There's no fight. The fight is until people educate themselves about their browser. Then, the game is lost for IE and we know it.

i always fix peoples computer because they install chrome and it install a stupid program that puts advert in facebook both in chrome and IE... chrome is ****ty and spy... IE 10 much better.

eddman said,

There's no fight. The fight is until people would be educated about their browser. Then, the game is lost for chrome and we know it. /See, I can do this too.

It's not that I don't like IE, it's just that it's stupid that they're currently advertising IE9 heavially when IE10 is basically complete, and W7 and older can't get IE10... =/

n_K said,

It's not that I don't like IE, it's just that it's stupid that they're currently advertising IE9 heavially when IE10 is basically complete, and W7 and older can't get IE10... =/

Its easy to sell something which everyone already has rather than something which is coming soon

PC EliTiST said,
There's no fight. The fight is until people educate themselves about their browser. Then, the game is lost for IE and we know it.

Exactly. Ignorance is IE's friend. As the population becomes more technologically knowledgeable IE will continue to lose market share. It's fighting a losing battle.

GP007 said,
I honestly don't see anything technically to make chrome so much greater that you'd think it's game over for IE.

Chrome has better standards support, better performance, better extensibility (add-ons), better security, is more regularly updated, has a more intuitive UI and is more innovative. Obviously if none of that is important to you then IE will do fine.

eddman said,

There's no fight. The fight is until people would be educated about their browser. Then, the game is lost for chrome and we know it. /See, I can do this too.

Except that anyone who knows anything about browsers, the internet, and software in general avoids IE like the plague.

From my experience the IE HTML View (IE 9.0) is good, but the browser (the interface) force me to use Chrome. There are too many little things that annoy me. E.g. the color of this baby-blue favorite bar; I must keep the commandbar open, only for one addon; a rightclick and "open in new tab" is very often not possible; I can't open a URL on a website, if this URL is not a link; and much more. Sure, only little things, but the sum is too much.

PC EliTiST said,
There's no fight. The fight is until people educate themselves about their browser. Then, the game is lost for IE and we know it.

IE is actually quite fast with version 9 and 10 on windows 8 is even faster.
I just wish ms would give us some customization options - themes, more add-ons, etc.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Chrome has better standards support, better performance, better extensibility (add-ons), better security, is more regularly updated, has a more intuitive UI and is more innovative. Obviously if none of that is important to you then IE will do fine.

Most of those are questionable at best, better performance is subjective, if you need a benchmark to tell you chrome is a few milliseconds faster than IE then it's pointless, you can't actually tell the difference at all. I don't care about add-ons, if I did I'd use FF like I said, way more extensions on that side of things. Standards support? Sure, if you talk about most of them being half baked just so they can check another "standard" off the list and boast. What good is standard support if each browser does it in a different way? It's been shown on quite a few occasions that Chrome and FF don't display the same markup the same way, that makes a "standard" useless in the end. And before anyone brings up HTML5test, that's even more useless since it doesn't even actually test anything. Security? Not really, they're both close, they've both been hacked and if Chrome was so secure they wouldn't be on v21342432234 by now. The UI is another thing that's subjective, I don't see anything that great about it, it's just tabs on top, yay? I don't care about the browser chrome, i'm staring at the web pages.

simplezz said,

Exactly. Ignorance is IE's friend. As the population becomes more technologically knowledgeable IE will continue to lose market share. It's fighting a losing battle.

Sorry,
It's actually uneducated people who continue to think that IE is a bad browser.
And most chrome users todays are people who got it installed accidentally because they didn't uncheck some checkboxes while installing sone random apps. how educated is that!

theyarecomingforyou said,

Chrome has better standards support, better performance, better extensibility (add-ons), better security, is more regularly updated, has a more intuitive UI and is more innovative. Obviously if none of that is important to you then IE will do fine.


Concerning the quality of the web standard implementation, IE is better than chrome according to the w3c html5/css3 test suite.

Concerning performance, IE is better than chrome in multimedia rendering, a lot better!
Chrome only shines in benchmarks that google designed specifically to highlight some chrome JS optimizations. That's not representative of a real web experience (no real website do heavy JS calculations without ever displaying anything on the screen).

About security, you're yet again misinformed.

IE10's sandbox is much more solid than chrome's because it restricts much more thing (like LAN ressources access) than chrome's sandbox and has better ASLR support.

Even IE7/8/9/win7 sandboxes more plugins (like Silverlight) than chrome.

Well I am a chrome user, I know ie9 and 10 has improve a lot. Well it still does not get me reason to change because chrome is a good browser as well so why should I change to trouble myself getting used to it...

benalvino said,

i always fix peoples computer because they install chrome and it install a stupid program that puts advert in facebook both in chrome and IE... chrome is ****ty and spy... IE 10 much better.

When you install chrome what other programs did it install anyway?

simplezz said,

Except that anyone who knows anything about browsers, the internet, and software in general avoids IE like the plague.

And why would that be the case I wonder. I know a thing or two about all of these and I am using ie9/10. It is quick, secure and has a nice interface. I also avoid using spyware, because anyway you want to put it, that is exactly how Chrome should be classified. If you feel that Chrome is better, use Chromium for crying out loud, it has the same functionality minus the closed source Google phone home stuff. People that really know something about browsers, the internet and software in general, should know better than to use Google software.

Lastwebpage said,
From my experience the IE HTML View (IE 9.0) is good, but the browser (the interface) force me to use Chrome. There are too many little things that annoy me. E.g. the color of this baby-blue favorite bar; I must keep the commandbar open, only for one addon; a rightclick and "open in new tab" is very often not possible; I can't open a URL on a website, if this URL is not a link; and much more. Sure, only little things, but the sum is too much.
Try to click on a link with the scroll weel, much better than right-click and then open in new tab.

simplezz said,

Except that anyone who knows anything about browsers, the internet, and software in general avoids IE like the plague.

I'm a webdeveloper and if I see a computer with Chrome, I removed it as fast as I can, you know, I don't like it if people are used by a company to get many without theye know it. Mostly, I set IE then back as the main browser.

PC EliTiST said,
There's no fight. The fight is until people educate themselves about their browser. Then, the game is lost for IE and we know it.
Indeed. Here to wishing it goes away for good, fast.

Studio384 said,
I'm a webdeveloper and if I see a computer with Chrome, I removed it as fast as I can, you know, I don't like it if people are used by a company to get many without theye know it. Mostly, I set IE then back as the main browser.
U mad bro?

GP007 said,

Uh, no? I've used IE9 as my main browser for a long time and IE10 is even better. What does it not do exactly? Unless you're crazy about extensions, in which case you'd use FF anyways, I honestly don't see anything technically to make chrome so much greater that you'd think it's game over for IE. Hell, I never liked chrome and i've tried it a few times, plus it's a big chunk of google spyware.

I, for one, miss a big repo of addons. For instance, where's a good AND free adblock replacement for IE?

bviktor said,

I, for one, miss a big repo of addons. For instance, where's a good AND free adblock replacement for IE?

Good and free adblock for IE? It's a builtin feature called Tracking Protection Lists... you don't need an extension or addon for that...

bviktor said,

I, for one, miss a big repo of addons. For instance, where's a good AND free adblock replacement for IE?

Good and free adblock for IE? It's a builtin feature called Tracking Protection Lists... you don't need an extension or addon for that...

bviktor said,

I, for one, miss a big repo of addons. For instance, where's a good AND free adblock replacement for IE?

With the right tracking protection list I manage to block everything ad related, hell I have to turn tracking protection off for neowin because it blocks some of the websites features for example. That's a whole different and higher level than just simple ad blocking.

Besides, I don't use any other add-ons/extensions besides flash, silverlight and the spell checker add-on I have. That's 3, I don't personally need anything more than that.

Studio384 said,
I'm a webdeveloper and if I see a computer with Chrome, I removed it as fast as I can, you know, I don't like it if people are used by a company to get many without they know it. Mostly, I set IE then back as the main browser.

Chrome is much better for non-technical people because the built-in flash player plug-in updates itself when the browser is updated. Adobe's auto-updater for the regular Flash Player plugins cannot be relied on. Today I had to manually install 11.4 on my parent's PC, because 11.3 didn't auto-update.

If you are a web developer you will also know that Chrome gets new HTML5/CSS3 features a long time before IE does.

theyarecomingforyou said,

better performance

IE's results on Javascript test made for Webkit (= Chrome engine) disagrees. As well as many graphical / multimedia demos.

theyarecomingforyou said,

better extensibility (add-ons)

That's probably the only advantage. Pretty overrated anyway.

theyarecomingforyou said,

better security

erm no.

theyarecomingforyou said,

is more regularly updated

Lawl. Tell me the difference between Chrome 1 and uh.. what version is it now? 22..

theyarecomingforyou said,

has a more intuitive UI and is more innovative.

UI is a preference; innovative, don't think so..

GP007 said,

Uh, no? I've used IE9 as my main browser for a long time and IE10 is even better. What does it not do exactly? Unless you're crazy about extensions, in which case you'd use FF anyways, I honestly don't see anything technically to make chrome so much greater that you'd think it's game over for IE. Hell, I never liked chrome and i've tried it a few times, plus it's a big chunk of google spyware.

Javascript engine and HTML 5 support is still better in chrome. ugly enough Chrome performs better than IE in windows. even if you refer to Microsoft's IE Testdrive site which is intended to show off IE 9 and 10 for hardware acceleration Chrome produce better numbers there. Try it and see for yourselves. Also make sure to go to http://www.html5test.com and compare browsers there.

Lastwebpage said,
From my experience the IE HTML View (IE 9.0) is good, but the browser (the interface) force me to use Chrome. There are too many little things that annoy me. E.g. the color of this baby-blue favorite bar; I must keep the commandbar open, only for one addon; a rightclick and "open in new tab" is very often not possible; I can't open a URL on a website, if this URL is not a link; and much more. Sure, only little things, but the sum is too much.

Want to talk annoying behavior? CTRL+N in Chrome opens up a new window, just like in IE, but it defaults to the "most visited" page whereas IE keeps the same URL. This one Chrome behavior annoys the living **** out of me enough for me to prefer IE.