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Chrome Now at 25% Market Share, IE Down to 40%

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Chrome's October market share result is just shy of having met the 25 percent milestone in what appears to be an accelerating pace of growth.

According to StatCounter, Chrome finished October with 24.99 percent share, behind Firefox with 26.39 percent and IE with 40.19 percent. During the month, IE lost 1.47 points, Firefox lost 0.4 points and Chrome gained 1.38 points. Apple's Safari climbed by 0.33 points to 5.93 percent share.

While some predicted that Chrome's growth will be flattening at some point, they are still accelerating at this time. The browser gained 10.1 points of share in this year alone and has just posted the strongest 6-month gain in its short history (6.7 points). At the current speed, Chrome will be surpassing Firefox market share on an average basis sometime this month and catch up with IE by mid-2012. For the past week, Chrome's market share averaged 25.43 percent, behind Firefox with 26.03 percent, according to StatCounter.

Microsoft isn't seeing this development quite as dramatic, at least not publicly. The company only quotes Net Applications data and only IE9 market share on Windows 7. According to Microsoft, IE9 now has about 22 percent share on Windows 7 systems globally, just ahead of Chrome and just behind Firefox. Microsoft's interests in browser share appear to be very different from Google's interest. While Microsoft is trying to claim the browser crown on Windows 7 with IE9 to prepare for a successful launch of the HTML5 application model for Windows 8, Google is aiming to gain overall market share to support its core revenues that are still created through its search engine.

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    house70 , November 3, 2011 10:48 AM
    "Apple's Safari climbed by 0.33 points"

    Lol....
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    back_by_demand , November 3, 2011 12:57 PM
    huronI didn't think that IE9 would run on XP...how'd you make that happen?

    He's talking out his ass
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    huron , November 3, 2011 12:54 PM
    hoof_heartedTons of XP users still out there. I just recently updated an XP laptop and I tried IE9,8, and 7 and all of them crashed when trying to start. Downloaded Chrome and Firefox and both ran flawless.


    I didn't think that IE9 would run on XP...how'd you make that happen?
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    billybobser , November 3, 2011 10:45 AM
    Still no response about no-script's effect on these numbers.

    I think all this suggest is that Chrome advertising is working well.

    Whereas Firefox tended to be spread by recommendation and quality.
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    house70 , November 3, 2011 10:48 AM
    "Apple's Safari climbed by 0.33 points"

    Lol....
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    STravis , November 3, 2011 10:53 AM
    Ever try to uninstall Chrome? Apparently it refuses to allow other browsers to become the default (including IE)...Google it.
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    STravis , November 3, 2011 10:54 AM
    house70"Apple's Safari climbed by 0.33 points"Lol....


    Firefox lost 0.4 points... yeah those numbers are pretty silly. I wonder if Apple really gives a shit that their browser isn't climbing in numbers?
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    hoof_hearted , November 3, 2011 11:05 AM
    Tons of XP users still out there. I just recently updated an XP laptop and I tried IE9,8, and 7 and all of them crashed when trying to start. Downloaded Chrome and Firefox and both ran flawless.
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    Goldengoose , November 3, 2011 11:14 AM
    When is the next browser grand prix? Anyone know?
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    icepick314 , November 3, 2011 11:32 AM
    I don't get this metric data...

    I'm guessing this does not put into account for mobile browsers since there are TONS of iDevices using Safari but only seen 0.33 point growth with sitting at just under 6% share...

    do we have usage data for mobile browsers yet?
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    Anonymous , November 3, 2011 11:54 AM
    windows 8 is microsoft chance to take the market over again, if they put the next IE on the windows 8. and actualy integrate it perfectly with microsoft network, with the windows mobile etc... then they might just take it all back, but like i said its a chance, they can loose it...
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    thrasher32 , November 3, 2011 12:03 PM
    meh.
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    velocityg4 , November 3, 2011 12:13 PM
    It's not surprising seeing as to how much Google pushes Chrome. Seems like a lot of freeware programs when being installed also install Chrome. Because the install Google Chrome checkmark is automatically checked when running the installer along with making it the default browser. While the average user is far too scared to customize any settings when installing software for fear of screwing everything up.

    Then they click the links on their desktop saying e-mail, yahoo, google, work, &c. Chrome opens up and they start using the new browser. Many not even realizing they switched browsers or what a browser actually is. Just that they click this icon on their desktop that the nice guy from their ISP put their that goes directly to their e-mail.

    While Firefox users had to actually want a new browser. Search for it then install it.

    I'm not saying all Chrome users don't know what they are doing. Just that this scenario seems likely. Given how it is largely displacing IE users. With just a very small drift of Firefox users.
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    SR-71 Blackbird , November 3, 2011 12:24 PM
    Firefox is still faster!
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    claydavis , November 3, 2011 12:36 PM
    Chrome usage is increasing terribly during these years. I personally use chrome for Browsing.
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    gio2vanni86 , November 3, 2011 12:43 PM
    Since BF3 uses a browser for the game, i believe browser's need to become less of a memory hog. I don't like how chrome has like 4-6 processes in the taskbar. Really annoying, and the fact each one takes about 50mb's is even more annoying, like really 50mb's. Where are the days where things would take 1-10mb's or even KB's. Makes me feel like 4gb's is useless these days, and in reality you need 8GB's plus. Just my opinion sorry if i vented a bit. =D
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    gio2vanni86 , November 3, 2011 12:46 PM
    Not that i want double post, but seriously i got 4 tabs on one browser and that takes 8 process's with 380mb's for all of them, seriously. Can anyone here who uses firefox tell me if it uses just as much or less?
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    huron , November 3, 2011 12:54 PM
    hoof_heartedTons of XP users still out there. I just recently updated an XP laptop and I tried IE9,8, and 7 and all of them crashed when trying to start. Downloaded Chrome and Firefox and both ran flawless.


    I didn't think that IE9 would run on XP...how'd you make that happen?
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    back_by_demand , November 3, 2011 12:57 PM
    huronI didn't think that IE9 would run on XP...how'd you make that happen?

    He's talking out his ass
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    beardguy , November 3, 2011 12:57 PM
    I only use IE when I am forced at work in order to use certain internal applications. Every time I open IE, my first thought is always "damn this is slow compared to Chrome".

    Speed is everything to me. I could care less about plugins or anything else. Just give me a fast browser that renders all sites well and doesn't crash.
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    hoofhearted , November 3, 2011 1:07 PM
    The automatic update prompted me for it.

    huronI didn't think that IE9 would run on XP...how'd you make that happen?

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    makaveli316 , November 3, 2011 1:56 PM
    With Chrome you don't have an option to change temp files and cache folder, which is ridiculous.
    I know you can adjust the .exe shortcut with a command, but still sucks, cause when i click on the Gmail Counter Gadger for example, that command isn't valid.
    This for me it's a big enough reason to prefer Firefox.
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