Chrome is now the most popular browser while Internet Explorer drops below 40%

Did that title catch your attention? Yeah, I bet it did. According to StatCounter, Chrome 16 is now the most popular browser in the world with 24.96% of market share, surpassing Internet Explorer 8 (20.89%) late last year. Of course it must be mentioned the Internet Explorer family is still on top — Chrome is numba one when different versions of browsers are treated separately. If counted together, Internet Explorer is still the most popular although with a rapidly declining market share, now at 37.63%; the Chrome family is at a commanding and ever growing number two with 27.7%; and Firefox, which continues to stagnate, comes in at number three with 24.69%.

Again I caution anyone from taking the above figures to the bank. The above figures are from one analytics company only; a different company may show slightly different numbers and the numbers will vary from country-to-country and region-to-region. Still, though, the general trend continues to be that Chrome is on the rise at the expense of Internet Explorer and Firefox.

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26 comments

  1. William Neurauter

    I have a “g mail” address & went to use Thunderbird to read the emails. Much to my surprise the gmail filled up & stopped accepting new messages. what good is a gmail account if their storage is so small??
    I started using Maxthon 3 last week & found it to be extremely fast.

    I use Gas Buddies every day posting prices. I am #36 in the USA & #6 in the state of Illinois. FF started getting very slow. With Maxthon 3 it flies.

  2. clockmendergb

    I prefer SWiron as a substitute for Chrome as it is less invasive yet is still basically the chrome browser.
    I still like firefox but always start with SWiron.
    Maybe the new direction of Firefox will bring me back as the add on problem was always a bit of a pain after every update.

  3. Rob (Down Under)

    @Martin:
    I have the latest FF 9.1
    Go to Tools —> Options
    And then go to the Tabs Tab
    Tick the top checkbox (Open new Windows in a new Tab instead)

    PS I had to fire up another PC, to get a FF that does not have the Tab Mix extension (which I use in my main PC).
    I let FF update itself and it went to 9.1
    And has the Option that I described above.
    When I returned to my main PC, I notice it is 10.0.2
    But I assume the normal FF option would be the same.

  4. fran

    Only reason I have chrome is that netflix requires it.

    Guess it’s time to re-evaluate my netflix subscription.

    I don’t see the need for chrome. I don’t see what it “brings to the table”.
    Whatever it brings, firefox can do better.

    Used opera for years, until firefox won me over with all the killer add ons.

    One of my favorite features of opera is how it can emulate IE.
    Great for those times you reach a website and it whines that IE is “required” to view the website.
    Not any more…Just toggle opera to “IE emulation” mode and the website will display IE crap just fine.

    With opera and firefox, there is no need for any other browser.

  5. Seamus McSeamus

    I’ve been using Firefox since around v2.0, and have found no reason to switch. I play around with other browsers all the time, most recently with BlackHawk, but none offer the range of features or stability that FF does.

    The one browser I have never installed is Chrome, because I don’t feel that my privacy should be surrendered to Google in exchange for using their browser. I have used Chromium, basically Chrome w/o the snooping, and while it is serviceable, there are crashing issues that I have never experienced with FF.

    Opera remains my choice for mobile browsing, but rarely gets used on my PCs.

    Internet Explorer? It only gets opened when some new program I’ve just installed opens it’s homepage and decides to do it with IE.

  6. Babongo

    As a somewhat casual user, I became attracted to FF because of the adblocking features, as well as the extensive variety of add-ons. Has any other Windows browser matched the ad-blocking capability of FF?

    Ad-free browsing was a game changer.

  7. GullyFoyle

    I still use Firefox 3.6.25 because later versions crash and hang on my old laptop with Windows 7 (32-bit). However, I find that Google will not play nice OR fair with Firefox, including failing to show google sites in FF, trying to force users into Google’s personal data piracy through Chrome. My solution has been SRWare’s Iron, based on the Chrome source code but modified to remove all privacy invasion code. Although Iron is fast and smooth, it does not have the extensions which make Firefox such a productive tool. Of course, sometimes I even have to use IE, since some sites won’t work in anything else.

  8. deyanick

    Firefox is browser number one for me. I used different browsers. Chrome and Opera at home. Chrome and IE at work. I do not like too much Internet Explorer. Chrome and Opera are interesting to me. I could rate them high grade, honestly. However, Firefox is still the best browser for me.

  9. william neurauter

    I like Opera’s bookmarks additions better then FF. With Opera, I can look for the folder I want to save a bookmark. With FF, I have to open bookmarks click on “bookmark this Page & then find were the folder is, if any.

  10. Keoni

    I’m not sure why FF didn’t uptake both Chrome and IE together… it’s way faster (uses new hardware features to accelerate rendering), more stable and is tremendously customizable. I was done with Chrome a long time ago due to its frequent crashes. To use a browser without any extensions IE and Chrome are more or less the same. I use Opera very often too both in desktop/notebooks and mobile devices.

  11. Rob (Down Under)

    I too think that Google is arrogant.
    A bit like Apple, in providing smarmy minimalistic interface, and we can P… off, if we want a normal menu, etc.

    Speaking about arrogance, I think Govt’s should legislate and tell MS to keep things simple. Internet Explorer is threaded into the OS like a Goa’uld.
    MS should be told to make it a standalone pgm like other browsers.
    I say this for two reasons -
    - Since Windows is the default OS used by businesses, then Govt’s should force MS to make the OS as simple, and robust as possible.
    - If you are in the habit of imaging your hard drive, and your hardware dies. You will buy another machine, and try to Restore your image into the new PC. That can be done fairly easily (even with the free Seagate DiscWizard), provided that you do NOT run the OS in the new PC, until you have done a ‘repair install’. That ‘repair install’ will update all your drivers for you (that is, allow Windows to update itself for the new hardware).
    After that, you should be able to boot into Windows, and everything is still intact.
    HOWEVER, if you had updated the version of IE, in your old PC, then you will find that the OS will be very flaky in your new PC, as the ‘repair install’ cannot handle that newer version of IE.
    You may be able to live with the flakiness, long enoght to recover some data, but trust me the installation will be a PIA, and you will eventually format, and re-install a fresh Windows.
    For those reading this that are in this category, please uninstall your later versions of IE, so that you revert back to the version that came with your Windows CD. That will then mean that your future images, can be restored to different hardware.

    Rob
    PS Chrome should have capability for NoScript

    PPS Regarding getting Chrome to open links in a new Tab, you can center click (depress the scroll wheel) to get a link to open in a new Tab.
    That trick works in FF, and most browsers. I use it all the time.

  12. Giovanni

    Yes…no doubt about it: CHROME is a great browser which loads webpages very quickly compared to Firefox.

    But I believe that GOOGLE knows too much info and habit about us without anyone knowing (how about privacy??)

    http://www.criminaljusticeusa.com/blog/2009/25-surprising-things-that-google-knows-about-you/

    So, if you don’t mind, I’m a little scared of it….

    Try COMODO DRAGON BROWSER, instead: quicker than FIREFOX and more secure than CHROME:

    http://www.comodo.com/home/browsers-toolbars/browser.php

    http://www.techishare.com/tech/comodo-dragon-vs-google-chrome-updated/

  13. Philippe

    I’m always surprised that no one use OPERA. I know it is not an US made browser, but it has a lot of good features and it is fast. For necessity I have almost all the browsers on my PC, but for daily use, I use Opera and Firefox. The one I don’t like is safari, it’s slow compare to other browser (IMO).

  14. Social Media Assista

    Most of the games on facebook work much better in Chrome and it is the recommended browser by many gaming companies. However, they need to fix the way flash works in it, because lately it crashes a lot. IE is losing out because it wants to control to much.

  15. peter

    In my world, Firefox still rocks. Gave up Chrome ages ago. At each update it improves something that irritated me, so kept me wishing for more updates. Other browsers I have found lack this intuition of users and so seldom improve the way users want it.
    People who say IE is the best or Chrome is the best, please wake up. FF is still way up there, not in these charts but in user satisfaction.

  16. Bruce

    Does this mean that Chrome will FINALLY listen to their users and add an option to ALWAYS open links in a new window? (Meaning not having to shift click a link every time I need a new window. Way too inefficient.) Their arrogance in Ignoring repeated requests for this simple option is why I’m not using Chrome. I use mouse gestures and can close or minimize a window by moving my mouse 1/8 to 1/16th of an inch. I can’t do this with a tab.

  17. Sharad

    I am hooked to firefox, and however I try to use chrome, I can’t due to it’s unstable extensions. The browser in iteself is better and faster than FF, but using extensions (like Mouse Gestures, Lastpass, etc.) it becomes unstable, with gestures not working on all pages, and lastpass not able to communicate with the server. Also it uses a tad more bandwidth than other browsers due to it constantly reporting data to Google.
    All in all, I think FF is the best browser till date, save for this new release cycle. The only target seems to be to reach the chrome version numbers with little or no differences between any two consecutive versions of FF.
    Also, recently it’s become a pain due to it’s increasing memory footprint (which I hear they’re reducing), and slow startup times.
    Talking of startup times, IE9 here seems to be the best. It starts almost instantaneously on my PC, faster than chrome and waaaay faster than FF. Looks like FF has a lot more work to do, if they don’t want to head the Netscape Navigator way!

  18. Kol

    In my humble opinion , all of the browsers passed the minimum rendering speed threshold a few years ago right?

    The speed of your computer and speed of YOUR connection make more difference than the browser that you may or may not be using?

    Am I wrong in saying? that these days, it is more about the FEATURES and user interface preferences that make your mind up for you which BROWSER to choose or not?

    as Jim points out and as Gandhi said
    Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.

  19. Jim in Erie CO

    Looked at Google’s browser when it first hit the market. Read the fine print, for a change, and did NOT like how much capture and keep they demanded I tolerate. Started having serious problems with IE7 on a Vista machine, switched to Firefox, and haven’t felt any need to switch.
    If whatever browser one is using does the job one wants done, that’s all that really matters, IMO.

  20. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @rikishi19: StatCounter data is of active use. It aggregates data from its customers’ website. So, yes, Chrome comes bundled with a lot of software and that definitely has helped it increase market; but the numbers above don’t reflect installs — it is people actually using Chrome.

  21. rikishi19

    But how much percentage of that is taken up by installs on machines coming from Chrome being bundled with other software. The alarming number of people that install things on auto pilot will no doubt end up with Chrome on their machine and not even know what it is or how it got there.