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30 Dec 11 World’s Most Popular Browser is … Chrome 15?


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 percent—the 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.

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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

Article source: http://www.cclonline.com/article/801246083/News/Software/Google-Chrome-s-success-has-Microsoft-planning-silent-updates/

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15 Dec 11 StatCounter: Chrome 15 ‘world’s most popular browser’


Google is not only dominating the search market but the browser market too, according to the statisticians at StatCounter.

The web analytics company has been doing a spot of number crunching and found that Chrome 15 took 23.6 per cent of the worldwide market in the last week in November compared to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 at 23.5 per cent.

It’s not a massive lead over IE but the implication that Google has managed to usurp Microsoft – even for a week – as the browser king is massive.

Now, before we get ahead of ourselves, StatCounter does note that IE is still leading by quite a margin if you add all the different versions of the browser together – this new stat fight is just between Chrome 15 and IE 8.

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Speaking about the browser stat, Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter, said: “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 5 December.

“It looks as if people favour Chrome on weekends at home but office commercial use has now caught up.”

Google launched a new version of Chrome this week, with a number of new features – including multi-user features.

The news that Chrome is riding so high will be another blow to Mozilla and its Firefox browser. Earlier in December, it was reported that the deal between Firefox and Google over search was over – although Mozilla has not actually said whether this is the case or not.

When it comes to the most tech-enthused audience in the world – and by that we mean the lovely readers of TechRadar – Chrome has been the most popular browser to view the site with since October.

Article source: http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/statcounter-chrome-15-worlds-most-popular-browser-1048120

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05 Dec 11 Google’s Chrome browser challenges Firefox


Google’s Chrome Web browser is gaining ground on Firefox, and one industry tracker says it may even have eclipsed its open-source rival in the global market.

Chrome was the world’s second favourite web browsing program in November, bumping Firefox from that position for the first month ever, according to StatCounter Global Stats.

Google’s Chrome had a 25.69 per cent share of online browsing last month compared to 25.23 per cent for Firefox, according to StatCounter. Firefox is managed by the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) remained the dominant Web browser with 40.63 per cent of the global market, the findings indicated.

“We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally,” said StatCounter chief executive Aodhan Cullen.

However, internet metrics firm Net Applications on Friday reported that Firefox still clung to second place in the browser market although Chrome has steadily narrowed the gap through the year and was closing in.

Firefox was losing ground in the United States but held onto second place with 20.09 per cent of the market compared to Chrome’s 10.89 per cent, according to StatCounter.

Internet Explorer reportedly handled 50.66 per cent of American internet browsing.

Article source: http://www.cio.com.au/article/409257/google_chrome_browser_challenges_firefox/

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05 Dec 11 Google’s Chrome challenging Firefox


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Chrome was the world’s second favourite Web browsing program in November, bumping Firefox from that position for the first month ever, according to StatCounter Global Stats.

San Francisco – Google’s Chrome Web browser is gaining ground on Firefox, and according to one industry tracker may even have eclipsed its open-source rival in the global market.

Chrome was the world’s second favourite Web browsing program in November, bumping Firefox from that position for the first month ever, according to StatCounter Global Stats.

Google’s Chrome had a 25.69 percent share of online browsing last month compared to 25.23 percent for Firefox, according to StatCounter. Firefox is managed by the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) remained the dominant Web browser with 40.63 percent of the global market, the findings indicated.

“We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally,” said StatCounter chief executive Aodhan Cullen.

However, Internet metrics firm Net Applications on Friday reported that Firefox still clung to second place in the browser market although Chrome has steadily narrowed the gap through the year and was closing in.

Firefox was losing ground in the United States but held onto second place here with 20.09 percent of the market compared to Chrome’s 10.89 percent, according to StatCounter.

IE reportedly handled 50.66 percent of US Internet browsing. – Sapa-AFP

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05 Dec 11 Chrome surpasses Firefox to become second most popular browser


In the browser wars, Google Chrome has moved ahead of Mozilla Firefox, with a 25.7% share in the market, compared to 25.2% of Firefox’s share, according to StatCounter.

Chrome has been in the market for three years and it still trailing behind Internet Explorer, which has a share of 40.6% of the market.

“We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally,” said Aodhan Cullen, chief executive of StatCounter.

Cullen said the firm’s stats measure actual browser usage, not just downloads of the browser, which shows that people are using it to access the internet.

Chrome had already passed by Firefox in Britain in August, but still stands behind it in the US.


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02 Nov 11 Browser wars: IE vs. Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Safari vs. Opera


All eyes are on Google’s Chrome browser as it battles Mozilla’s Firefox in a tight fight for the No. 2 position behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which is holding onto its market-leading share of the desktop browser market.

“In September 2009, Chrome was at 2.35% for worldwide usage. As of September 2011, it’s now at 23.61%. There’s been a massive increase for Chrome,” says Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, a web analytics firm in Ireland.

StatCounter’s monthly statistics for September show IE in the lead with 41.66% of the market, followed by Firefox with 26.79%, Chrome with 23.61%, Safari with 5.6% and Opera with 1.72%.

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Most of the monthly fluctuations in market share revolve around Chrome, which has hit a number of milestones lately. It exceeded 20% of the global Internet browser market in June for the first time, according to StatCounter. On a country basis, it surpassed Firefox and became the No. 2 browser in Ireland in May and in the UK in July. And for one day in October — Sunday, Oct. 16 — Chrome overtook Firefox on a global basis by a fraction of a percentage point, snaring 26.22% of the global market to Firefox’s 26.16%.

“For one day, on that Sunday, Chrome became the No.2 browser,” Cullen says.

Chrome’s steady increase since its introduction in 2008 has come at the expense of IE, primarily, and Firefox to a lesser degree. If its trajectory continues, Chrome will surpass Firefox on a global basis in the coming months, industry watchers predict.

“Chrome is gaining on Firefox in usage market share. It’s coming on strong. It could certainly overtake Firefox — it seems to be on that path — but, that being said, things tend to change rather quickly in this market so you just never know,” says Vince Vizzaccaro, executive vice president of marketing and strategic alliances for NetApplications.com.

Chrome’s ascent and Firefox’s staying power beg the bigger question: Is it possible for either one of them to unseat IE as the leader in browsing usage?

“I personally don’t think it is,” Vizzaccaro says.

Chrome’s success has come from its speed, rapid development cycles and ability to constantly release new features, using beta versions to get people to help work out the kinks.

“Chrome is growing without the benefit of a homegrown hardware system. They’re doing it with a rapid development cycle. That’s great for personal usage. But corporations have a very slow process for testing, deployment and implementation of a new browser,” Vizzaccaro says. “I think IE is entrenched as No. 1 for the foreseeable future.”

Indeed, stats from Forrester Research paint a slightly different picture of browser trends, since Forrester’s view is centered on corporate usage. The research firm analyzes the browsers of PCs that visit its web site. By its count, IE dominates the corporate browser landscape with 58.7% market share, which is considerably higher than the 41.66% StatCounter credits to IE. In Forrester’s rankings, IE is followed by Firefox with 17.8%, Chrome with 14.1%, and Safari with 8.8%.

Likewise, Net Applications credits IE with a larger share of the market and shows a bigger gap between Firefox and Chrome: In its numbers for September, Net Applications reported IE with 54.4% of desktop browser usage, Firefox with a 22.5%, and Chrome with 16.2%.

“Chrome has experienced a slow but steady growth in the corporate browser market, thanks largely to tech-savvy, empowered workers clamoring for more control over the applications they run on their work computers,” notes Forrester in its report on corporate desktop browser trends. The firm expects Chrome use to continue its steady increase in the enterprise.

As for Firefox, the open-source browser’s comprehensive extension ecosystem is one reason for its No. 2 hold on corporate desktops. (See: 10 must-have Firefox extensions

“Firefox now holds nearly 17.8% of the browser market share. Why? Because it’s firmly entrenched within many organizations thanks to the proliferation of add-ons that simplify and automate everyday tasks,” Forrester summed up.

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Mozilla has handled extensibility very well, agrees Vizzaccaro, who adds that Mozilla is often first to the market with new features and usability improvements. That emphasis on user-friendliness has won a lot of users, he says.

Another aspect that appeals to Firefox advocates is Mozilla’s underdog status and the fact that it’s not an enormous company with the resources of Microsoft, Google or Apple. “There’s a certain appeal to them being this rogue company out there. They’re open, nonprofit. It does appeal to a good portion of people,” Vizzaccaro says.

In the big picture, the beneficiaries of the competition among IE, Firefox and Chrome are the end users. The leading browser makers have been racing to deliver speedier performance, tighter security and usability improvements.

Microsoft used to command more than 90% of the browser market. Then Mozilla in 2004 debuted Firefox, which started grabbing mindshare and put pressure on Microsoft to innovate.

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“Microsoft is still a leader, but they’ve got some serious competition now and they’ve devoted a lot of resources to making sure IE stays in that leadership role. You can see it in the product,” Vizzaccaro says.

Browser makers have focused on performance improvements, for instance, boosting page rendering and script-execution speeds and tapping hardware acceleration (a Microsoft tactic). 

Security enhancements have been aimed at blocking malware and phishing attempts, while “do not track” privacy features let users opt out of online tracking by Web sites and advertisers. (Apple, Microsoft and Mozilla have embraced no-tracking, but Google remains a holdout.)

On the mobile front, meanwhile, there’s a different cast of characters vying for market share.

Apple’s Safari dominates mobile browsing with 55.6% of the market, according to NetApplications. Opera Mini is in second place with 18.9%, followed by Android with 16% (even though Android sales outpace iPhone sales), Symbian with 4.7%, and BlackBerry with 2.7%.

Overall, the mobile/tablet browser share represents a small portion of the overall browser market, with just 6% of Web users using mobile browsers, according to Net Applications.

Read more about software in Network World’s Software section.

Article source: http://www.cio.com.au/article/406119/browser_wars_ie_vs_firefox_vs_chrome_vs_safari_vs_opera/

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