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Google's Done It: Chrome Passes Firefox in Market Share

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Google has surpassed Mozilla in browser share, according to StatCounter. Chrome jumped to 25.69 percent in November, while Firefox dropped to 25.23 percent. Microsoft's IE gained slightly and ended up at 40.63 percent.

The result published by the Internet analysis firm matches the previous low in StatCounter's charts, which began recording browser data in July of 2008. Back in December of 2008, Firefox was at 25.23 percent and climbed to a high of 32.21 percent in November of 2009. The browser has been declining ever since then and lost more than 20 percent of its market share (5.14 points) over the past 12 months alone.

Google, on the other hand, was able to grow Chrome's market share by 10.84 points over the past 12 months. However, the growth posted in November was the slowest rate (2.76 percent or 0.69 points) in three years. Microsoft was able to halt IE's decline due to an advertising campaign that was launched last month across the Internet. However, if IE continues its average decline (6.31 points over the past 12 months, Chrome will be able to catch up by the third or fourth quarter next year.

StatCounter isn't the only source; NetApplications still sees Firefox ahead of Chrome in market share. Firefox is listed with 22.1 percent, followed by Chrome with 18.2 percent. IE leads with 52.6 percent. The trend in NetApplications data suggests that Chrome can surpass Firefox in their charts by March or April 2012.

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    Yargnit , December 2, 2011 3:51 AM
    Chrome's Adblock+ is significantly behind Firefox's, especially when it comes to streaming video adds on justin/twitch.tv and the like.

    In general I've swapped to Chrome more in the last couple weeks though because Firefox has started to feel slower comparatively.

    I do miss Firefox's addons such as auto-pager for forum reading, and download helper for YouTube though.
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    Raidur , December 2, 2011 3:43 AM
    Congratz to Chrome/Google!

    Chrome is a neat quick browser. I use it w/ BF3 for RAM usage.

    I'll stick with my Firefox + NoScript + Adblock Plus, however, for my browsing.
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    Yargnit , December 2, 2011 3:51 AM
    Chrome's Adblock+ is significantly behind Firefox's, especially when it comes to streaming video adds on justin/twitch.tv and the like.

    In general I've swapped to Chrome more in the last couple weeks though because Firefox has started to feel slower comparatively.

    I do miss Firefox's addons such as auto-pager for forum reading, and download helper for YouTube though.
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    de5_Roy , December 2, 2011 3:56 AM
    nooooooooooooooooo
    darned mozilla should have taken steps to solve memory problems during version 3 release. if they'd solved that earlier they could stood a better chance.
    if chrome has already passed according to one analyst, it'll do the same with others by mid-2012.
    get to work, mozilla!
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    nikorr , December 2, 2011 3:58 AM
    Right on track...
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    JOSHSKORN , December 2, 2011 4:01 AM
    Now make a 64-bit browser and you just might top IE.
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    mightymaxio , December 2, 2011 4:13 AM
    Honestly no point to use chrome for ram usage. 16 gigs of ram XD
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    CaedenV , December 2, 2011 4:17 AM
    congrats to google!
    I have been using it almost a year now and find FF and IE to be so unnecessarily complicated to use. And yet Chrome has plenty of features to tweak in spite of it's simple approach.
    Next up would be IE, but I have to say that IE has come a long way with v9, and may be useful again in v10, so Chrome may never quite beat them.
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    Haserath , December 2, 2011 4:20 AM
    YargnitChrome's Adblock+ is significantly behind Firefox's, especially when it comes to streaming video adds on justin/twitch.tv and the like.In general I've swapped to Chrome more in the last couple weeks though because Firefox has started to feel slower comparatively.I do miss Firefox's addons such as auto-pager for forum reading, and download helper for YouTube though.

    That speedup is really a placebo affect. They're so close together that it shouldn't make much of a difference browsing.

    I like Firefox for the addons; Chrome is just nice for a lightweight browser. I have 6GB of memory anyway, so the small memory usage "issue" isn't anything to worry about for me.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 2, 2011 4:25 AM
    Rofl, can't care less about "market share" (and stop calling it a market, browsers are free) - Firefox >>>>>>> Chrome for my purposes. The only thing I use Chrome for is its awesome remote desktop app; if somebody can suggest a similar addon for FF, PM me or write back in the comments. Chrome's UI makes me throw up.
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    tuffjuff , December 2, 2011 4:33 AM
    Anything but IE8. IE9 isn't that bad, though.
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    abu46 , December 2, 2011 4:53 AM
    after spending so much on advertising, right from tv commercials to ads on almost every webpage to even sponsoring events, it was only a matter of time before this happened

    on the otherhand look at firefox, with none of the googles financial muscle it has suffered at the hands of an inferior browser :( 

    mind you i do use chrome as my secondary browser but atleast for me its just that "secondary"

    i use waterfox (64 bit variant of FF) and its THE best browser i have used till date
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    rocso , December 2, 2011 4:54 AM
    only reason i switched was FF was causing me hard crashes. otherwise i'd still be using it.
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    pocketdrummer , December 2, 2011 4:57 AM
    Yay?

    Firefox still works more consistently for me, and it's more customizable. I like the minimalistic approach to chrome, but I find Firefox more useful.
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    rottingsheep , December 2, 2011 4:58 AM
    it's not surprising since google bundles their stuff with other software(flash?) and chooses to let it be an opt-out choice rather than an opt-in.

    the google marketing engine is running full time. sometimes, searching using google for an item related to tech but unrelated to the web, a chrome ad link that is almost indistinguishable from usual results with a header that seems to be the most relevant result.
    there was a time when i tried to look for firefox's site and a chrome ad link is shown on the top of the results.
    knowledgeable people would not fall for this trick, but think of the millions who are not.
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    rottingsheep , December 2, 2011 5:06 AM
    P.S.

    I am not a fan of firefox, and it has not been my main browser for more than 6 years. I am using one of the most underrated browser now.
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    danwat1234 , December 2, 2011 6:30 AM
    Mozilla needs to make Firefox's rendering engine able to take advantage of more than 1 CPU, like Chrome does, one core per tab.
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2011 6:33 AM
    Yes, a big part of the reason that Chrome usage has climbed so fast is that they advertise it on their google.com search page and they are bundling Chrome with Flash, Real Player.
    Firefox should do the same.
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    richboyliang , December 2, 2011 7:10 AM
    wtf isnt ie dead years ago?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 2, 2011 7:31 AM
    Quote:
    Mozilla needs to make Firefox's rendering engine able to take advantage of more than 1 CPU, like Chrome does, one core per tab.


    One core per tab? ROFL! So Chrome will be limited to 8 tabs on my rig? :lol: 

    FF is GPU-accelerated. Though, nVidia owners have to watch out: if FF crashes your driver (driver has stopped responding and has been successfully recovered), switch from Adaptive Power mode to Performance in nVidia control panel, and all should be fine. This hardware acceleration really helps (and can actually be kind of crucial... disabling it sometimes causes videos to stutter).
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    tigsounds , December 2, 2011 7:36 AM
    Chrome...

    Yup, there really IS a sucker born every minute.

    Wait about a year and we'll find out the thing is a massive spyware trojan, uploading everything to whoever takes an interest... CIA, FBI, TSA, Homeland Security [sic].

    The "Google" part should be a tip-off.
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