Browser Battle: Chrome Takes the Lead, Latest Stats Show

(Ping! Zine) – The battle of the web browsers is heating up and the latest report indicates a steady rise for Chrome. According to recently unveiled stats from data monitoring site StatCounter, Google’s popular web browser garnered a significant amount of usage, finally surpassing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

Chrome accounted for 32.76% of online access, shortly followed by Internet Explorer (accounting for 31.94%). Meanwhile, Mozilla’s Firefox was in third place, totally a market share of 25.47%. And while tech company Apple may be at the top of the charts with products such as the iPhone and iPad, its browser continues to remain unpopular, just taking in 7.16% of traffic.

Discussing the browsers earlier this month, StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen noted progress made by the latest Microsoft browser release, Internet Explorer 9 (despite its recent slump).

“We have previously noted that Google’s Chrome peaks at the weekend at the expense of IE. This seems to suggest that many home (as opposed to business) users prefer Chrome to IE. However, having drilled down further into our data, we have released a new statistic which allows the comparison of Chrome (all versions combined)* with the individual versions of other browsers,” commented Cullen.

Cullen continued, “This shows that while IE6, 7 and 8 usage falls off at the weekend, IE9 spikes. This indicates that IE9 is bucking the trend of previous IE versions and is gaining home user traction.” Chrome initially debuted in September of 2008. For more information on the matter, view statistics from Stat Counter here (gs.statcounter.com).

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