Now every major analytics firm places Chrome ahead of IE as the world's most popular web browser


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For all its critics, analytics firms have ranked Internet Explorer as the world’s most popular web browser since late 1998/early 1999, when it pushed Netscape off the number spot. But Microsoft’s domination seems to have come to an end, as Chrome has just taken the number one spot from IE in yet another company's browser rankings.

The news comes from analytics group Net Applications, which reports that Chrome now has a 41.66 percent share of the market while Internet Explorer holds 41.35 percent. The difference may seem small, but it’s worth mentioning that the firm combines both IE and Edge figures into one ‘Internet Explorer’ total.

This marks the sixteenth month in a row that Internet Explorer numbers have declined, and the fifth straight month that the loss has been greater than a point. Chrome, by comparison, has seen its market share increase every month since December 2014. Google’s browser climbed another 2.6 percent in the last month to jump ahead of IE/Edge.

The news comes just as Microsoft announced that it will no longer allow people to use Google via Cortana in Windows 10. All searches performed using the personal assistant will now use Bing from within the Edge browser.

There were other browsers that also saw their user numbers increase. Apple’s Safari was up 0.04 percent to 4.91 percent, and Opera, which now comes with a built-in VPN and integrated ad-blocker, increased from 1.66 percent to 1.89 percent. It wasn’t such good news for Firefox, however, which saw its market share drop beneath 10 percent for the first time since 2006.

The browsers in the ‘other’ category remained at 0.44 percent, but with new products such as the excellent Vivaldi being released all the time, more people may make the move to some of these less well-known browsers.

A number of analytics firms have reported Chrome ahead of IE for several years; StatCounter has had Google’s browser in the number one position since May 2012. But Net Applications’ report means that every major web measurement group now places Chrome ahead of IE.

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TS Enthusiast
I'm trying the new opera browser because it has built in VPN. it is faster than firefox.


Highly unlikely if the word illegal is attached to it:

"Browser maker Brave Software wants to rid the Web of the worst parts of online advertising, but the biggest newspapers in the US have launched an attack against the "illegal" plan."
They are going to cave.

People do not want intrusive ads and are willing to completely avoid websites that force them.

Brave is offering them a way out. Once they go deep enough into the red, they'll take it.


TS Maniac
I use firefox with a mixture of different addons which block all adds and still allow all websites. I'm not telling the combination as then devs would circumvent my setup. But I'm so sick of internet adds I went through all this trouble (and it is a bit of a pain honestly). But I can surf without adds quickly and after setup, relatively without any issues. Including videos which check for add block software.

I avoid Chrome due to data collection and I avoid IE cause, well M$ made it and I won't even go anywhere near it. I like the fox, and it's fast. Ironically, after adding my addons for add blockig, it's VERY much faster then it was with each sites bloat/adds before.

I think this type of combination is what Brave is going for.


TS Addict
IE is the default browser and since the default purchaser of computers are not technical savvy people, (think grandma's and just plain folk) IE had a larger share.

But as Google is becoming more and more relevant in the world of computers (every one has gmail and most people use android which gives you google stuff) so slowly the non tech crowd is beginning to see the advantage of Chrome.

I personally prefer FF, I like their add on's and especially since Google is watching my browsing through Chrome.

Andro D

TS Rookie
As someone who has to troubleshoot Internet Explorer issues on a daily, pulling out my hair basis, this is music to my ears.
I help up to 15 clients a day, many caused by IE,, and it's gotten to the point where my first line of defense it to tell them IE was discontinued last July when Win 10 came out and offer to migrate them to Chrome or Firefox. All in all I've migrated at least a few hundred people in the last year.
If you're reading this you probably have enough tech knowledge to know better, but if not, don't use IE! It's painfully slow, has almost no good extensions, and just doesn't work right.