Chrome gains market share, IE drops below 60%

By on May 3, 2010, 4:00 PM
Google's Chrome browser continues to make strong gains according to the latest figures from NetApplications. For the second month in a row the browser was able to outpace all its rivals, jumping from 6.1 to 6.73% market share in April. In contrast, Microsoft's Internet Explorer wound up grabbing 59.95% of the market, which marks the first time since the ubiquitous and often criticized browser has dropped below 60%.

Opera was the only other major browser to lose share by dropping to 2.3%. Meanwhile, Firefox and Safari both saw small gains that put them at 24.59% and 4.72% each. The figure is a record for Apple but for Mozilla it seems gains that had once come easily to it are now heading Chrome's way instead. Google and NetApplications have said they expect the newcomer browser to have anywhere between 8.5 and 10% share by the end of 2010.

NetApplications measures browser usage share by collecting systems data from the computers that visit the 40,000 sites it tracks for customers of its analytics services. You can find the detailed list at the company's website.




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tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Face it, IE 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and soon to be 9 going to be slow. Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Google Chrome. Now what would a online user one right now. Browser that isn't slowing the user down. Google Chrome wins! But they all crash no and then. I've use all what I have just mentioned. I've been on the internet since 1995 using AOL new beta Browser and Internet Service which never took off. That browser never crashed as what we all are using today. Google Chrome is quick but can crash but like all can recover from the crash.

isamuelson isamuelson said:

Only problem I have with Chrome is it's from Google and Google tracks what you search, etc. So, who's to say Chrome isn't reporting back to Google what sites you are surfing, etc? Sure, they have the incognito version, but still, what are they doing with the information it collects?

As much as I liked Chrome, I've switched back to Firefox and installed the "Google Sharing" plug-in that makes ALL my Google searches anonymous. Now I have to decide what to do about my Gmail account. Keep it or dump it?

Between Google and Facebook, your private information or information you WISH to keep private are no longer safe.

Guest said:

As a web developer, I'll be happy when IE market share is in single figures. Supporting IE quirkiness is still the most painful of dev tasks. A shame so many people keep using it when there are such excellent alternatives.

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