IE and Chrome still on top in web browser wars

In the web browser wars, Microsoft and Google are still the top alpha dogs. New information shows that the two companies command the vast majority of the the PC web browsing market share, while Mozilla's Firefox continues to be a distant third.

New information from StatCounter from the month of October shows Chrome with 34.77 percent of the web market share, with all of the versions of IE accounting for 32.08 percent. Firefox is well behind with 22.32 percent.

Information from another source, Net Applications, shows that for October, IE 8 had a worldwide PC market share of 24.50 percent, followed by IE 9 with 20.11 percent. Chrome 22 is third with 15.02 percent, and Firefox 15 is fourth with just 7.82 percent. Net Applications and StatCounter use different methods to come up with their statistics.

Net Applications does claim that in October, the amount of web browsing from mobile devices increased above 10 percent for all web browsers for the first time. The company said that mobile web browsing was just 8.94 percent in September but went to 10.29 last month. It claims that we will see even more web browser usage coming from devices such as smartphones and tablets, including the new Surface device.

Source: StatCounter | Image via StatCounter

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Given the amount of people I've seen either using or switching to Chrome I am more inclined to believe StatCounter, what's most telling though is how quickly Firefox appears to be falling from grace. Mozilla need more innovation and they need it fast.

Javik said,
Given the amount of people I've seen either using or switching to Chrome I am more inclined to believe StatCounter, what's most telling though is how quickly Firefox appears to be falling from grace. Mozilla need more innovation and they need it fast.

apple and google are behind webkit, they have too much money for mozilla to be able to compete with.

Based on people around me who went to Chrome and come back to IE, I would say StatCounter is wrong.

Javik said,
Given the amount of people I've seen either using or switching to Chrome I am more inclined to believe StatCounter, what's most telling though is how quickly Firefox appears to be falling from grace. Mozilla need more innovation and they need it fast.

torrentthief said,

apple and google are behind webkit, they have too much money for mozilla to be able to compete with.

Possibly true, not really relevant to me as a user though, feeling sorry for a company just leaves you prone to using an inferior product for no reason. Plus it's more than Webkit that makes Chrome awesome, it's very simple and very fast.

torrentthief said,

apple and google are behind webkit, they have too much money for mozilla to be able to compete with.


I enjoy the fact that money makes open source successful.

Probably puts a bug up the arse of every militant FOSS proponent out there.

Javik said,
Given the amount of people I've seen either using or switching to Chrome I am more inclined to believe StatCounter, what's most telling though is how quickly Firefox appears to be falling from grace. Mozilla need more innovation and they need it fast.

Firefox uses less memory than chrome and are coming out with a new JavaScript engine soon that's highly competitive in terms of speed. Plus they are working towards implementing a modern theme (Australis) into all their Firefox products that looks much more modern. Then there's the fact that Mozilla is the only browser maker that's creating web browser releases for all top mobile platforms, and concentrating is their effort on that. In fact, Mozilla is the only browser maker besides Microsoft that has a Metro web browser.

While you might not be aware of the work Mozilla is actually doing, you sure will be by next year.

Lord Method Man said,
Who to believe? The numbers aren't even close. W3schools.com has completely different numbers as well.

it is a well known fact that w3schools only has statistics from it's own site(s)! So you can not get any big picture from their site. Not many of the average users go there you know.

Lord Method Man said,
Who to believe? The numbers aren't even close. W3schools.com has completely different numbers as well.

W3schools only counts visitors to that specific site and they are mostly web developers who tend to flock behind certain browsers that they find fit their job the best.

Gungel said,
Amazing, there are that many people that actually use Safari.

Actually it's in line with Mac OSX market share ... so not surprising at all.

LaP said,

Actually it's in line with Mac OSX market share ... so not surprising at all.


Clearly Mac users don't realize they aren't supposed to be satisfied with their platform's stock browser. Everyone should always be presented with a confusing dialog that demands they make a choice between a set of competing browsers, half of which they've never even heard of.

virtorio said,
And what's wrong with Safari?

A few things, actually. Despite being Webkit-based, it has rendering bugs that Chrome doesn't.

Javik said,
When you search Google for "web browser" Chrome doesn't even appear in the first 10 links.

Result #4 here. (Discounting any possible promoted links, blocked.)

Max Norris said,

Result #4 here. (Discounting any possible promoted links, blocked.)

I don't know how you search but he is right it's not in the first page of google.com search result for web browser.

There's an add for Google chrome tough which should not be permitted considering the market share of google.

LaP said,
I don't know how you search but he is right it's not in the first page of google.com search result for web browser.

By typing "web browser" in the search box? Getting this in Firefox (logged in), Dragon (Chromium) and IE (not logged in).
http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/893/53167135.png
LaP said,
There's an add for Google chrome tough which should not be permitted considering the market share of google.

Agreed, disabled blocking to see that, talking about leveraging the market share.

LaP said,

I don't know how you search but he is right it's not in the first page of google.com search result for web browser.

There's an add for Google chrome tough which should not be permitted considering the market share of google.

For me it only appeared in the 3rd page (#22), but IE was nowhere to be seen in the first 3 pages...

Curiously, Opera and Firefox show ate the first page.

Javik said,

When you search Google for "web browser" Chrome doesn't even appear in the first 10 links.

So? I'm talking about that box, not searching.

Ok, let's do a search. It might not be the first result, but there is a chrome ad on top of all results.

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