Chrome World’s Most Popular Browser, Overtaking Internet Explorer
Google's Chrome browser has overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer to become the most used browser in the world.
Google’s Chrome browser has overtaken Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to become the most used browser in the world.
The Next Web (“Google Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer as the Web’s most used browser“):
Google Chrome has been long expected to leapfrog Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to take its position as the Web’s most used browser and, according to data from Statcounter, the momentous change of leadership happened last week.
The firm’s latest figures — spotted by Global Nerdy blogger Joey deVilla - show that Chrome’s line of usage creeped overtook IE’s for the first week ever, with Firefox, Safari and Opera completing the top five respectively.
Statcounter’s findings give Google a double win, after the analytics site found that its mobile browser — Android Robot — had leapfrogged Opera to become the most popular option for mobile-based Web surfers in March.
I’ve been using Chrome as my primary browser for quite some time, after finally getting tired of the declining performance of Firefox. This, despite constantly having issues with Chrome related to Shockwave Flash crashes.
I’m not surprised, then, that Chrome has caught on–it’s the least bad browser out there, at least for Windows machines, mostly because it’s more stripped down than its rivals. What’s slightly shocking to me is that, until now, Internet Explorer was still the top browser. It’s been years since it was my primary choice; indeed, I pretty much just keep it loaded on my machine in order to test Web pages in IE because pages written to comply with Internet standards often don’t work in IE, which plays by its own rules.
What’s maddening, though, is the sheer number of corporate sites–especially e-commerce sites–that are incompatible with Chrome. Over the weekend, I had an issue with Amazon and their rep told me to try the transaction in Firefox. Why they would optimize their site to the third most popular browser but not the first is beyond me.