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31 May 12 Facebook chooses Opera over Chrome for recommended browser


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Let the conspiracy theories begin.

Facebook has apparently booted Google’s Chrome browser off of its supported browser list, instead highlighting Opera, according to Favbrowser, which managed to cache a page with the note (the page no longer appears).

The switch is particularly poignant with speculation flaring up that Facebook is interested in acquiring Opera. Facebook, meanwhile, has long considered Google a competitor in the social arena.

Sitting alongside Opera in the supported browser list is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s
Firefox.

It’s unclear whether the move has any meaning, or what that meaning may be. Regardless of the switch, Facebook still runs normally using the Chrome browser.

CNET contacted Facebook for comment, and we’ll update the story when we get a response.

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57444873-93/facebook-chooses-opera-over-chrome-for-recommended-browser/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

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29 May 12 Chrome Becomes Most Popular Worldwide Browser


Chrome Becomes Most Popular Worldwide Browser

Workers in the finance jobs often use computers throughout their workday, doing research on markets, investments and other aspects critical to company operations. To find the proper data, many use the internet, and search for the latest news via their browser of choice. Google Chrome recently surpassed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the most used browser.

Internet monitor StatCounter keeps track of the amount of people who use a number of browsers and organize them by location. Over the weekend, worldwide numbers confirmed more people were using Chrome than Internet Explorer, though that was not the case in many technologically advanced countries, such as the United States.

According to StatCounter, though Internet Explorer use took a dip and Chrome spiked, the former was still the preferred method of internet access. Firefox, Safari and Opera rounded out the top five most used browsers worldwide.

CNN reported Internet Explorer often has an advantage because it comes preloaded on many Windows computers, though many are adopting the view that Chrome is faster and more current.

CEO of StatCounter Aodhan Cullen suggested that though Internet Explorer may be dominant in the workplace, people would personally choose Chrome. “At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE,” he said in a release.


Article source: http://www.proformative.com/news/1480297/chrome-becomes-most-popular-worldwide-browser

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29 May 12 Chrome Becomes Most Popular Worldwide Browser


Chrome Becomes Most Popular Worldwide Browser

Workers in the finance jobs often use computers throughout their workday, doing research on markets, investments and other aspects critical to company operations. To find the proper data, many use the internet, and search for the latest news via their browser of choice. Google Chrome recently surpassed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the most used browser.

Internet monitor StatCounter keeps track of the amount of people who use a number of browsers and organize them by location. Over the weekend, worldwide numbers confirmed more people were using Chrome than Internet Explorer, though that was not the case in many technologically advanced countries, such as the United States.

According to StatCounter, though Internet Explorer use took a dip and Chrome spiked, the former was still the preferred method of internet access. Firefox, Safari and Opera rounded out the top five most used browsers worldwide.

CNN reported Internet Explorer often has an advantage because it comes preloaded on many Windows computers, though many are adopting the view that Chrome is faster and more current.

CEO of StatCounter Aodhan Cullen suggested that though Internet Explorer may be dominant in the workplace, people would personally choose Chrome. “At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE,” he said in a release.


Article source: http://www.proformative.com/news/1480297/chrome-becomes-most-popular-worldwide-browser

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28 May 12 Has Chrome topped Internet Explorer?



The Google Chrome logo is displayed at a store in London last year.

(CNN) — This might be the start of a new chapter in the browser wars.

Over the weekend, Google Chrome routed more Internet traffic than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which long has held its spot as the most-used Web browser in the world, according to data from StatCounter, an Internet monitor.

Don’t rush to over-interpret this bit of news, though.

Other Internet trackers still show Internet Explorer — which comes pre-installed on many Windows computers and has long been a default — in the lead.

And some groups have criticized StatCounter’s data collection methods, saying the group does not account for the different ways countries collect Internet traffic data.


Marissa Mayer: Google’s leading woman

Still, the numbers are a sign of the times.

Bonjour Google! Gmail adds auto-translation

Google Chrome, which is regarded as the hipper, faster and more developer-friendly browser, is gaining ground on the competition.

“Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable,” StatCounter’s CEO Aodhan Cullen said in a written news release in March, when Chrome bested Explorer for a day. “At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to Internet Explorer.”

According to StatCounter’s latest report, which was spotted by the blog Global Nerdy, Google Chrome fielded 32.8% of Web page requests on Sunday.

That compares to 31.9% for Internet Explorer and 25.5% for Mozilla Firefox, which once was seen as the most viable alternative to the long-dominant IE.

Tech blog TheNextWeb says the numbers aren’t exact but they are significant.

“Measuring the Web is an imprecise science, very often based on scaling up small scale measurement surveys,” the blog writes, “but the gist of StatCounter’s data over the last year indicates that Chrome use is rising … at the expense of IE and Firefox, regardless of the exact precision of the data.”

ComScore, another company that tracks Internet traffic, does not release comparable numbers. But spokesman Andrew Lipsman said in an e-mail that StatCounter’s numbers are “consistent with what I’ve seen.”

“Chrome has definitely been increasing its share over the past couple years,” he wrote.

Several factors appear to contribute to Chrome’s rise.

One is frustration with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which, fairly or not, is seen by some Web users as not very innovative.

Another is the increasing role Chrome plays in all aspects of computing, especially for people who use Google’s other online services, like Gmail and Google Translate.

Some of the browser’s features enhance other Google products, and the Chrome Web store is home to an increasingly robust catalog of add-ons that improve the browser’s functionality. CNN’s partner site Mashable has published a list of some of the best.

Google also has tried to position the browser as the basis for the operating system of the future.

And then there’s the ad campaign.

Google has been running TV spots showing people using Chrome to communicate with each other. The tagline: “The web is what you make of it.”






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24 May 12 Chrome Gains On IE As Browser Is Glue For Google Services


A single day in March foreshadowed news this week that, by one tracker’s measurements, Google Chrome has leapfrogged Microsoft Internet Explorer to become the No. 1 Web browser.

That’s the word from Ireland-based StatCounter, whose figures Microsoft has disputed in the past. To be sure, other trackers still give IE a solid lead.

In fact, it appears that Chrome’s lead again was for a single day, though the trend favors Google. StatCounter had Chrome edging IE on Sunday. Figures for Monday and Tuesday weren’t immediately available.

Chrome remains a priority for Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (above) and top company executives. AP

Chrome remains a priority for Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (above) and top company executives. AP View Enlarged Image

Still, by passing Microsoft‘s (MSFT) Internet Explorer browser for at least two days in the past three months, Chrome did what its older rivals — Apple‘s (AAPL) Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox, among others — had never been able to do. It unseated the king that’s been atop of the field since overtaking pioneer Netscape in the 1990s.

And as Chrome becomes more popular, observers say the 4-year-old browser seems poised to be a sort of envelope product connecting Google’s Gmail, YouTube, Google+ and other products and helping Google better track users over multiple services.

It’s clear Chrome is quickly gaining ground, says Brian Blau, an analyst with research firm Gartner.

“More than anything, I think people are sick of Microsoft and their lack of innovation,” he said. “They’re thinking about using different software.”

While IE has introduced nine versions in 17 years, Chrome has launched 18 versions in less than four years.

Chrome is one of the “strategic growth areas” and long-term projects “that were seen as crazy when we launched them but now have phenomenal usage,” Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page said in an April conference call with analysts to discuss Q1 financial results.

Chrome’s been downloaded more than 200 million times, Page says. The company last quarter launched a version for its Android, the most widely used mobile operating system.

The metric that showed Google surpassing IE that day in March can be misleading, because it was on a weekend, StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said in a statement, before Chrome again beat IE this past Sunday. He points out that IE is the default browser for many companies, and is on far more computers than Chrome. Microsoft says it has 48% of the U.S. market for Windows-based computers vs. Chrome’s 15%.

StatCounter’s daily figures in the past couple months give IE weekday leads over Chrome of five, six, seven or more percentage points. The weekends have been very close, though. On Saturday, IE just edged Chrome by .02 percentage point. The figures aim to track global usage by overall browser market share.

Article source: http://news.investors.com/article/612517/201205231849/google-browser-seeking-top-spot.htm

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23 May 12 Is Chrome the No. 1 browser?



The Google Chrome logo is displayed at a store in London last year.

(CNN) — This might be the start of a new chapter in the browser wars.

Over the weekend, Google Chrome routed more Internet traffic than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which long has held its spot as the most-used Web browser in the world, according to data from StatCounter, an Internet monitor.

Don’t rush to over-interpret this bit of news, though.

Other Internet trackers still show Internet Explorer — which comes pre-installed on many Windows computers and has long been a default — in the lead.

And some groups have criticized StatCounter’s data collection methods, saying the group does not account for the different ways countries collect Internet traffic data.


Marissa Mayer: Google’s leading woman

Still, the numbers are a sign of the times.

Bonjour Google! Gmail adds auto-translation

Google Chrome, which is regarded as the hipper, faster and more developer-friendly browser, is gaining ground on the competition.

“Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable,” StatCounter’s CEO Aodhan Cullen said in a written news release in March, when Chrome bested Explorer for a day. “At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to Internet Explorer.”

According to StatCounter’s latest report, which was spotted by the blog Global Nerdy, Google Chrome fielded 32.8% of Web page requests on Sunday.

That compares to 31.9% for Internet Explorer and 25.5% for Mozilla Firefox, which once was seen as the most viable alternative to the long-dominant IE.

Tech blog TheNextWeb says the numbers aren’t exact but they are significant.

“Measuring the Web is an imprecise science, very often based on scaling up small scale measurement surveys,” the blog writes, “but the gist of StatCounter’s data over the last year indicates that Chrome use is rising … at the expense of IE and Firefox, regardless of the exact precision of the data.”

ComScore, another company that tracks Internet traffic, does not release comparable numbers. But spokesman Andrew Lipsman said in an e-mail that StatCounter’s numbers are “consistent with what I’ve seen.”

“Chrome has definitely been increasing its share over the past couple years,” he wrote.

Several factors appear to contribute to Chrome’s rise.

One is frustration with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which, fairly or not, is seen by some Web users as not very innovative.

Another is the increasing role Chrome plays in all aspects of computing, especially for people who use Google’s other online services, like Gmail and Google Translate.

Some of the browser’s features enhance other Google products, and the Chrome Web store is home to an increasingly robust catalog of add-ons that improve the browser’s functionality. CNN’s partner site Mashable has published a list of some of the best.

Google also has tried to position the browser as the basis for the operating system of the future.

And then there’s the ad campaign.

Google has been running TV spots showing people using Chrome to communicate with each other. The tagline: “The web is what you make of it.”






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23 May 12 Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer as No. 1 browser — maybe



The Google Chrome logo is displayed at a store in London last year.

(CNN) — This might be the start of a new chapter in the browser wars.

Over the weekend, Google Chrome routed more Internet traffic than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which long has held its spot as the most-used Web browser in the world, according to data from StatCounter, an Internet monitor.

Don’t rush to over-interpret this bit of news, though.

Other Internet trackers still show Internet Explorer — which comes pre-installed on many Windows computers and has long been a default — in the lead.

And some groups have criticized StatCounter’s data collection methods, saying the group does not account for the different ways countries collect Internet traffic data.


Marissa Mayer: Google’s leading woman

Still, the numbers are a sign of the times.

Bonjour Google! Gmail adds auto-translation

Google Chrome, which is regarded as the hipper, faster and more developer-friendly browser, is gaining ground on the competition.

“Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable,” StatCounter’s CEO Aodhan Cullen said in a written news release in March, when Chrome bested Explorer for a day. “At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to Internet Explorer.”

According to StatCounter’s latest report, which was spotted by the blog Global Nerdy, Google Chrome fielded 32.8% of Web page requests on Sunday.

That compares to 31.9% for Internet Explorer and 25.5% for Mozilla Firefox, which once was seen as the most viable alternative to the long-dominant IE.

Tech blog TheNextWeb says the numbers aren’t exact but they are significant.

“Measuring the Web is an imprecise science, very often based on scaling up small scale measurement surveys,” the blog writes, “but the gist of StatCounter’s data over the last year indicates that Chrome use is rising … at the expense of IE and Firefox, regardless of the exact precision of the data.”

ComScore, another company that tracks Internet traffic, does not release comparable numbers. But spokesman Andrew Lipsman said in an e-mail that StatCounter’s numbers are “consistent with what I’ve seen.”

“Chrome has definitely been increasing its share over the past couple years,” he wrote.

Several factors appear to contribute to Chrome’s rise.

One is frustration with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which, fairly or not, is seen by some Web users as not very innovative.

Another is the increasing role Chrome plays in all aspects of computing, especially for people who use Google’s other online services, like Gmail and Google Translate.

Some of the browser’s features enhance other Google products, and the Chrome Web store is home to an increasingly robust catalog of add-ons that improve the browser’s functionality. CNN’s partner site Mashable has published a list of some of the best.

Google also has tried to position the browser as the basis for the operating system of the future.

And then there’s the ad campaign.

Google has been running TV spots showing people using Chrome to communicate with each other. The tagline: “The web is what you make of it.”






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Article source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/21/tech/web/chrome-explorer-browser-wars/index.html?section=cnn_latest

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22 May 12 Google Chrome Numbers Exceed Internet Explorer


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The Google Chrome user base continues to grow, and according to data collected by StatCounter, it now exceeds the user base of Internet Explorer by a few percent. Over the past year Google’s open source browser has made a steady climb from about 20 percent of the market to somewhere around 33 percent. Meanwhile, Chrome users passed Firefox toward the end of last year, and Explorer just last week.

“This has been a two browser market going back to Netscape,” said Rob Enderly, principal analyst of the Enderly Group. Enderly said control of the browser market is “more critical to Microsoft than Google.”

StatCounter collects browser data worldwide, determining which browser is in use across a wide collection of page views. Data show that Firefox, which spent several years challenging Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, has been on a gradual decline over the past year. Mozilla’s open source browser, Firefox, held 29 percent of the market in terms of its user base the week of May 16 to 22. Now in 2012, the week of May 14 to 20, Firefox registers 25 percent, a few percent down from a comparable week a year ago. Internet Explorer has also been on a decline, but is losing market share at a faster rate. Microsoft’s browser held 44 percent of the market in the same week last year -the week between May 16 and 22 last year. This year the week between May 14 and 20, Internet Explorer holds roughly 32 percent of the market.

“Both Google and Microsoft have been marketing their browsers very heavily,” said Enderly. Firefox also gets a lot of its money from Google.”

The decline of Mozilla’s Firefox is one with a difficult recovery. “It is going to be a daunting task for Firefox to get back in the game” Enderly said. “Firefox was the up-and-comer but the user base is moving to Google Chrome. So Firefox has been swimming upstream.”

The growth of Google Chrome covers more ground to reach the top. Chrome sat at just about 20 percent of the market the week of May 16 and 22 in 2011. The comparable week this year, May 14 to 20, Chrome holds about 33 percent of browser activity. Chrome actually gained its lead during the week of May 7 to 13; the Google Chrome browser hit 32.29 percent when during the same week Internet Explorer dipped below that volume.

Just before Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer, StatCounter changed its recording methods. A note in the chart states” “Prerendering Adjustment: Further to a significant number of user requests, we are now adjusting our browser stats to remove the effective prerendering in Google Chrome. From 1 May 2012, prerendered pages (which are not actually viewed) are not included in our stats. More information on this is available in our FAQ. Prerendering is a feature Google added to Chrome in June last year. It gets pages ready to load from the search page so they appear instantly when a user clicks on the search result. One would think that taking out prerendered pages might bring Chrome’s numbers down, but the browser remained steady after the adjustment.

A look at the daily data from StatCounter shows that Chrome has gained brief leads over Explorer in the past few months. Between March and the current numbers in May, Google Chrome passed Microsoft Internet Explorer in market share briefly at least eight times. This indicates that the two browsers may have their ups and downs and continue to take slight leads over each other for the next few months before one gains a clear lead over the other.

“Whoever controls the browser controls the statement of power,” Enderly said.

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Article source: http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1112539352/google-chrome-numbers-exceed-internet-explorer/

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21 May 12 Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer as No. 1 browser — maybe



The Google Chrome logo is displayed at a store in London last year.

(CNN) — This might be the start of a new chapter in the browser wars.

Over the weekend, Google Chrome routed more Internet traffic than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which long has held its spot as the most-used Web browser in the world, according to data from StatCounter, an Internet monitor.

Don’t rush to over-interpret this bit of news, though.

Other Internet trackers still show Internet Explorer — which comes pre-installed on many Windows computers and has long been a default — in the lead.

And some groups have criticized StatCounter’s data collection methods, saying the group does not account for the different ways countries collect Internet traffic data.


Marissa Mayer: Google’s leading woman

Still, the numbers are a sign of the times.

Google Chrome, which is regarded as the hipper, faster and more developer-friendly browser, is gaining ground on the competition.

“Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable,” StatCounter’s CEO Aodhan Cullen said in a written news release in March, when Chrome bested Explorer for a day. “At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to Internet Explorer.”

According to StatCounter’s latest report, which was spotted by the blog Global Nerdy, Google Chrome fielded 32.8% of Web page requests on Sunday.

That compares to 31.9% for Internet Explorer and 25.5% for Mozilla Firefox, which once was seen as the most viable alternative to the long-dominant IE.

Tech blog TheNextWeb says the numbers aren’t exact but they are significant.

“Measuring the Web is an imprecise science, very often based on scaling up small scale measurement surveys,” the blog writes, “but the gist of StatCounter’s data over the last year indicates that Chrome use is rising … at the expense of IE and Firefox, regardless of the exact precision of the data.”

ComScore, another company that tracks Internet traffic, does not release comparable numbers. But spokesman Andrew Lipsman said in an e-mail that StatCounter’s numbers are “consistent with what I’ve seen.”

“Chrome has definitely been increasing its share over the past couple years,” he wrote.

Several factors appear to contribute to Chrome’s rise.

One is frustration with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which, fairly or not, is seen by some Web users as not very innovative.

Another is the increasing role Chrome plays in all aspects of computing, especially for people who use Google’s other online services, like Gmail and Google Translate.

Some of the browser’s features enhance other Google products, and the Chrome Web store is home to an increasingly robust catalog of add-ons that improve the browser’s functionality. CNN’s partner site Mashable has published a list of some of the best.

Google also has tried to position the browser as the basis for the operating system of the future.

And then there’s the ad campaign.

Google has been running TV spots showing people using Chrome to communicate with each other. The tagline: “The web is what you make of it.”






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08 May 12 Chrome beats IE for a weekend


Chrome beats IE for a weekend

Google creeps up on leisure time browsing crown

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Fresh from knocking off Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the web’s most-used browser for a single day in March, Google’s Chrome browser has now claimed more users than Redmond’s HTML-cruncher for a whole weekend.

Data gathered by StatCounter shows Chrome has enjoyed a day of dominance on most weekends since its March ascendancy. On May 5th and 6th, however, it opened a gap over IE. Sunday the 6th even saw Chrome take a lead of nearly three percent.

Chrome beats IE for a whole weekend

IE still rules on weekdays, when use of the browser surges, presumably thanks to corporate drones diligent workers returning to the locked-down world of enterprise IT. But IE’s days as the market leader may even be numbered in those environments, as Microsoft has recently announced SharePoint and Microsoft CRM will support other browsers. That move will mean workplaces have fewer reasons to insist on IE as the corporate standard. ®

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