Google Chrome is winning browser wars - for now
22nd May 2012 @ 4:43pm
According to latest data from StatCounter, Google Chrome has finally passed Microsoft's Internet Explorer to become the most widely used web browser in the world.
Google Chrome first topped the browser statistics in the week ending May 20th with a global user share of 32.76%, while the incumbent Internet Explorer was a close second with 31.94% of web traffic.
This marks the first full week that Google's browser has beaten Internet Explorer. In March, Chrome had previously topped IE for a single day.
Although the difference is minimal, Chrome has been on an upward trend for quite some time, while Microsoft's IE has been on a downward spiral. Mozilla Firefox is the third most popular browser followed by Apple's Safari browser in fourth place with just more than 25% and 7% of the global web traffic respectively.
How long can Chrome keep up its leading position? Tech-savvy Internet users, like all of you reading this, tend to prefer browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari due to their minimal user interface and fast loading speeds, however IE still is the default web browser for Windows machines, which constitute to 90% of the world's computers.
Furthermore, the launch of Windows 8 with Internet Explorer 10 later this year throws up the question whether Windows tablets will limit third-party browser functionality.
Although seen as a reliable barometer on browser popularity, StatCounter's data might tell a different story to analytics concentrating on unique visitors.
Nevertheless, we're hopeful that this trend will continue its upward journey - minimal distractions, faster loading speed, good CSS and HTML 5 support and greater browsing security are helping us to create better websites and ensure that your clients will have a better user experience on your website.
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