Google’s Chrome browser continued to make gains last month, closing out 2011 with almost 20 percent global market share, while rivals Internet Explorer and Firefox took a slight dip.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer remained the dominant browser during December, with 51.87 percent of the market, according to stats from Net Applications. But that was down from 52.64 percent the month before and 59.26 percent in December 2010.
Mozilla’s Firefox, meanwhile, came in at number two with 21.83 percent, down from 22.14 percent in November and 23.69 percent a year ago.
Google’s Chrome had 19.11 percent, up from 18.18 percent last month and a significant boost from the 10.36 percent market share it had back in December 2010.
In terms of browser versions, IE8 took the lead in December with 27.34 percent, followed by Firefox 8 (12.28 percent), IE9 (11.48 percent), Chrome 15 (8.71 percent), and IE6 (7.33 percent).
There was a bit of controversy over Chrome’s market share last month when StatCounter released data that said Chrome has overtaken Firefox in global market share. According to StatCounter, Chrome had 25.69 percent of the global browser market in November, whereas Firefox had 25.23 percentthe first time Chrome has surpassed Firefox.
Net Applications, however, put Firefox at 22.14 percent and Chrome at 18.18 percent in November.
Two weeks later, meanwhile, StatCounter said Chrome 15 was the most popular worldwide browser during the last week of November with 23.6 percent of the worldwide market, besting IE8 at 23.5 percent.
Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla did not comment publicly on the different stats.
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