Despite launching only two years ago, Google's Chrome now represents 9.98% of the total browser market share according to Net Applications' latest numbers
. Further enforcing its lead on Safari and Opera, Chrome has nearly doubled in share since the start of 2010 when it held 5.22% of the market. By comparison, Safari has moved from 4.53% to 5.89% throughout the year, while Opera maintained a stagnant 2.xx% portion.
Naturally, Chrome's mounting presence has affected Internet Explorer and Firefox. IE's descent continued in 2010, dropping from 62.12% in January to 57.08% in December, while Firefox fell from 24.43% to 22.81%. Both Microsoft
are preparing significant updates for their products with Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4 due sometime early this year, so it'll be interesting to see how that affects the stats -- if at all.
Browsers aside, Net Applications shows
that Windows 7 gained more than 13% during 2010, closing the year out with 20.87% of the operating system market. That's one in five computers, mind you. Windows XP is slowly losing footing, falling some 10% to 56.72% during the year. Meanwhile, Vista dropped more than 5% to 12.11%. Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.5 collectively represent 4.51% (1.45 and 3.05%) as of December.