Is Chrome now the world’s most popular browser? According to data from StatCounter, Chrome snatched that crown from Internet Explorer 8 during the last week of November.
Google’s browser captured 23.6 percent of the worldwide market, besting IE8 at 23.5 percent, StatCounter said. If you combine all versions of available browsers, IE is still the most popular, followed by Chrome and Firefox.
StatCounter attributed the upswing to an increased number of business Chrome users.
“Google announced Chrome for business exactly a year ago and IT administrators appear to have embraced it in a remarkably short time,” Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, said in a statement.
Cullen said Chrome 14 and 15 have been overtaking IE8 on the weekends since the beginning of October, but Chrome 15 only surpassed IE8 for the first time during the week of Dec. 5.
“It looks as if people favor Chrome on weekends at home but office commercial use has now caught up,” he said.
In the U.S., alone, IE8 is still the top browser version with 27 percent of the market for the week of Dec. 5 compared to 18.1 percent for Chrome 15.
StatCounter was also the first firm to report that Chrome has overtaken Firefox in global market share. According to data released Dec. 1, Chrome had 25.69 percent of the global browser market in November, whereas Firefox had 25.23 percentthe first time Chrome has surpassed Firefox.
Stats from Net Applications, however, indicated that Chrome has a bit more work to do before nabbing that number-two spot. Firefox had 22.14 percent of the global browser market while Chrome had 18.18 percent in November, the company found.
November worldwide browser version data from Net Applications put IE8 at the top of the list with 28.2 percent, followed by Chrome 15 at 14.58 percent and IE9 at 10.25 percent.
For more, see PCMag’s full review of Chrome 15 and the slideshow below.
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