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Chrome tops Internet Explorer in StatCounter global rankings

By Shawn Knight
May 21, 2012
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  1. Google's Chrome web browser is now the most popular in the world, according to one analytics firm. StatCounter says that Chrome overtook Internet Explorer last week by securing 32.76 percent...

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  2. I used IE for over 10 years and have 100% switched to Chrome and love it! Will never go back. Microsoft really shot themselves in the foot with limiting ie8 to xp, ie 9 to Win7, can only test ie10 in Win8... boo!

    and for pete's sake, why oh why can't IE put in a "paste and go" function like every other browser (why just "paste" + Enter key ??) ...it's downright stupid.
  3. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 850   +220

    We need IE at work (Hospital with 800+ workstations, 50+ servers) here for our Intranet (Sharepoint) and some older programs/add-ins/SQL based Client/Network software require IE and will not work with Chrome/Firefox.
    We did have many issues with the new IE9 and Java too, I hate IE9.

    Chrome is a much better browser in just about everyway.
    As a tech here I use IE here but nothing but Chrome anywhere else.
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TS Addict Posts: 1,054   +95

    The article said it all too well. IE is for work and Chrome for weekend surfers. But in my group (a bit on the tech-savvy side) we only use Firefox. It's better when it comes to web development. I don't need an extra 1 second, I need functionality + speed.

    But I do install Chrome for people that only need it for email and a bit of web-surfing. It's hard to teach someone how to use extensions when they don't know how to send an email :p .
  5. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Booster Posts: 371   +69

    agreed, I personally have the 3 on my quick launch. Ie is for school work, firefox takes most of my heavy use. I love fire fox for its functionality, in case firefox fails chrome steps in.
  6. treeski

    treeski TS Guru Posts: 875   +130

    I was a pretty hardcore Chrome user for the first couple years of its existance, but I find myself using IE9 more than anything else at this point.
  7. I used to use Firefox also, but with win8cp, I'm digging ie10 and just started exploring accelerators. I don't use extensions much anymore to be honest. Ie 9 and 10 is quite snappy enough for me. And with native logmein plugin, I just trying to simplify my life.
  8. I have been Chrome for a long time. I jumped to opera recently simply for the sake trying something new. But now I find myself liking Opera more and more though I do miss Chrome's more effective autofill & dropdown menu.
  9. I used IE for over 5 years, yet never really cared to change to another browser until I realized I needed an adblock. I'm now using FireFox ONLY because it has the best adblocker amongst the popular web browsers.

    I didn't try Chrome because it's adblocker doesn't block all ads from what I've read since Google thrives off it's ads.
  10. I use fanboy's adblock and tracking block for IE 9 & 10 here, it works really well for most of the ads:

    just google "fanboy tracking protection list" and click the fanboy link
  11. this survey company also stated that I have the biggest balls in the world.
     
  12. Opera user here. LastPass, an adblocker, an inpage translator, and a couple other miscellaneous extensions. Since I use daily Bing images for my wallpaper, I use a little trick to set my Speed Dial background to the same thing as my current wallpaper, whatever it may be.

    IE9 has surprisingly treated me rather well, and I tend to fall back to it when a website doesn't seem to like Opera's rendering engine. Chrome's been eating up a lot of CPU cycles in the recent versions, which concerns me in terms of battery life on my laptop as well as general system load, since I do tend to multitask between various programs and use a lot of tabs.

    Firefox, well... I hope they grow out of their "me too" phase and work on innovation and more HTML5 features.
  13. Is nobody but me really bored with peoples continued obsession with web browsers and telling everybody about how "browser A is amazing and you should be put down for using browser B"?

    There's so little to choose between them now just pick your favourite and enjoy.

    I think we need to start a new tedious fanboy war - maybe favourite mouse mats? The mouse mat you use probably has more impact on your browser productivity than the browser these days.
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,980   +1,488

    LOL, so funny!! Speaking of which I think I need a new mat myself. :/
  15. Ah yes, I used three Tracking Protection lists. Unfortunately those don't block ads from inside flash videos such as YouTube videos and other streams of which I watch a lot of. That's why I switched. I did find "simple-adblock" but that one only had a 30 day trial until they limited to a few ad blocked per day.

    There really isn't a better ad block add on other than Firefox's Ad Block Plus. Oh I also like the NoSquint add on which is a lot better than the standard zooming options of IE (and Firefox).


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