Chrome is poised to overtake Firefox as the world’s second most popular browser after Internet Explorer by December, according to web analytics firm StatCounter.
Chrome’s share of the global market for the month is hovering around 23.6%, roughly 3% behind Firefox. At 41.7%, Internet Explorer is still the dominant player in the market.
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Chrome, which became available to the public in December 2008, has increased its share of the market by approximately 8% since the beginning of the year. Firefox’s, meanwhile, has declined 4%; IE is down 9%.
Should growth rates continue at their present levels, Chrome will take hold of 26.6% of the market in two months — above Firefox’s expected 25.3% share. Chrome already overtook Firefox in the UK in July, StatCounter reported.
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Firefox has accelerated its rate for releasing new versions as a way of competing with Google Chrome. But the new six-week cycle has been met with largely negative feedback from individuals and businesses struggling with add-on compatibility and frequent interface changes.
Despite these complaints, Mitchell Baker, chairman of Firefox owner Mozilla, holds that the “rapid release process is the right direction” for the browser’s developers.
This story originally published on Mashable here.