Chrome overtakes Firefox globally for first time

Dec 01, 2011
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Google's browser Chrome overtook Firefox for the first time globally on a monthly basis in November, according to StatCounter, the free website analytics company. The firm's research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that Chrome took 25.69% of the worldwide market (up from 4.66% in November 2009) compared to Firefox's 25.23%. Microsoft's Internet Explorer still maintains a strong lead globally with 40.63%.

"We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "Our stats measure actual browser usage, not downloads, so while Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads our stats show that people are actually using it to access the web also."

In the US Internet Explorer continues to perform strongly and is maintaining at 50.66%, up slightly from 50.24% year on year. Firefox retains second place on 20.09%, down from 26.75%. Chrome is up to 17.3% from 10.89%. is on 10.76% from 10.71%.

In the UK, also leads the market with 42.82%. Chrome is on 24.82%, having overtaken Firefox (20.56%) in July. (For other individual country or regional analysis see StatCounter Global Stats).

StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the US) from the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

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4 / 5 (2) Dec 01, 2011
I like chome .. for me is more suitable than firefox. which slides dow to shit after short term cycle of engineering .. even IE is better than new FF i would say.
1 / 5 (1) Dec 01, 2011
I love people who complain about open source projects but lack the brains to fix it themselves or hiring talent. Closed source for closed minds.
not rated yet Dec 01, 2011
Chrome introduces ads, so I'm interested about future of its market share.
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 01, 2011
Best thing Firefox has going for it is that AdBlockPlus works perfectly (including audio/video ads), but it doesn't completely work on chrome. (Google has it's hand in the 'cookie' jar) *ba-dum cha!*
5 / 5 (1) Dec 01, 2011
I'm dissappointed by these results, but so be it.

I would like to point out that IE9 is pretty horrible to use, and it is very closely modeled after Chrome. FF is the only major browser that still balances the ability to flip through the menus in your browser with the minimalist interface.

I understand that those who do only basic surfing would be best served by chrome, but I know many who use chrome that also use FF as backup...and in cases IE for backup after that (Because there are sites designed specifically for IE, that don't work properly if displayed according to contemporary web standards.)

So they each have their benefits...even IE...The race is still competitive.

1 / 5 (1) Dec 02, 2011
I'd like to see the stats following this article going public...
5 / 5 (1) Dec 02, 2011
I'm still using a command line. What's a browser do?

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