BOSTON DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
After weeks of speculation, Google’s Chrome has unseated Microsoft
Internet Explorer to become the world’s
top internet browser for the first time for a full calendar month in
May, according to StatCounter,
the independent website analytics company. The firm’s research arm
StatCounter Global Stats says that Chrome surpassed IE for the first
full day back
in March and the achievement of the weekly milestone was widely
reported on 21 May.
For the full month of May according to StatCounter data from over 15
billion page views, Chrome took 32.43% of the worldwide market compared
to 32.12% for IE and 25.55% for Firefox.
StatCounter says that a battle royal has broken out between Chrome, IE
and Firefox. “While attention has recently been focused on the battle
between Chrome and IE, not-for-profit Mozilla’s Firefox with its loyal
membership base should not be underestimated,” commented Aodhan Cullen,
CEO, StatCounter. He points out that an
upswing of over 0.6% in Firefox usage from April to May 2012
(apparently at the expense of IE) helped to push Chrome into pole
“The browser wars are back with a vengeance,” he added. “This time there
are three major players competing for the top spot but, ultimately, the
real winner will be the end user who can look forward to more choice and
innovation as a result of this increased competition.”
In a stunning
display of growth, Chrome has gone from zero to market leader on a
worldwide basis in less than four years. That said, while IE has ceded
the top spot to Chrome for May 2012, Microsoft’s
newest browser version (IE9) is performing well and Firefox is
holding its own.
StatCounter Global Stats has recently launched a new
map feature which clearly illustrates the increasing global usage of
Chrome. The increase is particularly evident when mapped data from May
2011 and May
2012 is compared – both IE and Firefox cede a significant number of
countries to Chrome over the period.
Notes to Editors:
Stats are based on over 15 billion page views per month recorded across
over 3 million websites. We are not aware of any publicly available
stats with a larger sample size.
Browser Usage Stats based on Page Views
To accurately measure browser usage, we base our stats on page views
(and not unique visitors). This means we take account of how frequently
browsers are used and we also track multi-browser usage by individuals. Click
to view a video explanation.
Google Chrome Prerendering
From 1 May 2012, prerendered pages in Google Chrome (which are not
actually viewed) are not included in our
stats. Statistics prior to this date have not
been revised. Note that this change has not had any discernible impact
on our browser stats. This is due to our use of page views to track
browser usage – page views are less susceptible to influence by
prerendering than unique visitors.
Further information is available in our fact sheet – Understanding
Browser Usage Share Data.