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21 May 2012, 12:12

Chrome passes IE in browser share

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Zoom As IE dives, Chrome rises higher
Source: StatCounter
Chrome has passed Internet Explorer in browser share according to StatCounter's latest numbers and Firefox's recent downward trend appears to be over. Google's open-source-based Chrome has been steadily gaining share according to StatCounter's logs and, for the week just past, had a 32.76% share. IE on the other hand has been steadily declining since 2009, and in the same week took a 31.94% share.

Firefox, the completely open source browser, seems to have come to the end of its two year decline in the statistics, with it now moving up to 24.57%. Chrome passed Firefox's share in early December 2011 after taking share from both Firefox and IE.

The figures show open source or open-source-based browsers holding over 57% of the browser share. StatCounter is not definitive, but does offer an insight into the trends in the browser market, sampling three million sites around the globe. Looking at figures for The H, the Firefox recovery has yet to kick in, with a 5% drop year on year, but it is still the most popular browser used to read the site. IE's share has dropped, year on year, by nearly 5%, while Chrome is rising rapidly, up 7%.


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