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22 Dec 11 Google Chrome’s success has Microsoft planning silent updates

The growth of Google Chrome may have finally pushed Microsoft into releasing silent updates for Internet Explorer.

Microsoft has a problem with web users going “stale” by failing to update their web browsers until they come to change their whole operating system, which doesn’t happen very often.

Data from StatCounter shows just what Microsoft is up against with rival Google Chrome, which utilises silent updates.

StatCounter notes that within five days of introduction, Chrome 15 market share plummeted from 24.06 per cent to 6.38 per cent, while Chrome 16 share rocketed from 0.35 per cent to 19.81 per cent.

In this period, Google managed to switch 75 per cent of its user base – roughly 75 million people – to the new version, with Chrome 16 eclipsing IE9′s market share in just three days.

StatCounter says this information shows conclusively that silent updates work, something that Microsoft has only just begun to realise.

Google’s growth rate took it past IE as the most popular browser in the world earlier this month, with Chrome 15 finally toppling Microsoft’s domination.

Furthermore, it is achieving this success across all operating systems.

Chrome’s popularity has been helped by a highly encouraging response from the corporate sector, which has immediately taken it to its heart.

“Google announced Chrome for business exactly a year ago and IT administrators appear to have embraced it in a remarkably short time,” commented Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter chief executive officer.

“Looking at the daily stats, Chrome 14 and 15 have been overtaking IE8 at weekends since the beginning of October. However, Chrome 15 overtook IE8 for the first time during the five day working week, in week commencing 5th December,” he added.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801246083-ADNFCR

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