Net Applications: Chrome now ahead of Firefox in web browser market share

Users of Google's Chrome web browser finally got ahead of Mozilla's Firefox in Net Applications' latest stat numbers. The firm, which uses data from unique visitors to 40,000 websites, showed that last month, Chrome had 17.52 percent of the worldwide browser market share, putting it in second place ahead of Firefox's 17.26 percent for the first time in Net Applications' history.

The latest numbers still show Microsoft's Internet Explorer family still on top with 57.96 percent, although that is actually down from the 59.19 percent it claimed in February. IE still has a higher percentage than it had a year ago when it claimed 55 percent of the market. IE8 remains the single most used web browser version in the world at 21.14 percent, followed by the latest version, IE11, at 15.71 percent in March. Chrome 33 is third with 12.67 percent and Firefox 27 is fourth with 10.55 percent.

Firefox may get a big boost in users very soon. Mozilla is expected to release a major user interface revamp of its browser in a few weeks with the launch of Firefox 29. That version is supposed to contain the "Australis" UI that is currently available in Mozilla's beta testing channel.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Net Applications

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