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Chrome to Finally Pull Ahead of Firefox in November

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Google Chrome goes number two.

Market share data released by StatCounter indicate that Chrome this month will pass Firefox in market share for the first time.

During the first half of this month, Chrome closely matched Firefox's market share with 25.45 percent versus 25.47 percent. In this period, Chrome gained 0.46 points over the October period, while Firefox lost 0.92 points. IE gained 0.48, most likely because of a recently launched advertising campaign.


Firefox has been caught in a downward spiral for some time now and Mozilla will have to get much more aggressive about addressing this trend. Over the past six months, Firefox lost 13.04 percent of its market share (IE: -7.29 percent; Chrome: +31.46 percent) and Firefox is, for the first time, losing market share faster than IE does (-3.82 points over the past six months versus -3.20 points).

It will be critical for Mozilla to deliver key features to Firefox without hiccups if it wants to reverse the current trend. Among those features are silent updates, which were originally planned to arrive with version 10, but may be delayed until version 11. Also Mozilla needs to integrate Chrome history and bookmark migration features rather sooner than later - right now, it appears that those may not arrive until version 11 or 12.

Given the fact that feature and strategy changes in browsers usually take half a year to show impact on market shares, Mozilla could be in for a rough ride and a turnaround may not not happen until Q2 or Q3 of next year.

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    resetrsx , November 17, 2011 6:57 AM
    Out of curiosity, what browsers are you guys using?

    I mainly use Chrome unless I'm having a problem with a particular site, which I usually assume is optimized for IE, so I use IE 9 as a backup.

    I also have Firefox, but it got annoying keeping up with all of the updates breaking my plugins constantly, so I don't use it as much anymore.
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    de5_Roy , November 17, 2011 6:40 AM
    :cry: 
    c'mon firefox! don't lose market share anymore!
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    resetrsx , November 17, 2011 6:50 AM
    At the rate IE is losing and Google is gaining market share, if this keeps up, Google will be #1 by the end of next year.
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    resetrsx , November 17, 2011 6:57 AM
    Out of curiosity, what browsers are you guys using?

    I mainly use Chrome unless I'm having a problem with a particular site, which I usually assume is optimized for IE, so I use IE 9 as a backup.

    I also have Firefox, but it got annoying keeping up with all of the updates breaking my plugins constantly, so I don't use it as much anymore.
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    cookoy , November 17, 2011 6:58 AM
    ok. but i'm sticking with my browser preference still.
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    Lmeow , November 17, 2011 7:01 AM
    OPERA MASTER RACE
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    tearsana , November 17, 2011 7:04 AM
    I use both Chrome and Firefox, but I use Firefox more simply because of the master password option. I don't feel secure having my browser save my passwords but no master password to unlock them. Call me paranoid, but security is at the top of required features. Having a master password is better than having no master password at all.
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    Onikage , November 17, 2011 7:16 AM
    ONLY OPERA !!!!! The Very Best Browser out There !
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    Goldengoose , November 17, 2011 7:52 AM
    resetrsxAt the rate IE is losing and Google is gaining market share, if this keeps up, Google will be #1 by the end of next year.


    It will take a long time to knock IE off their top spot - majority of businesses still use IE and they aren't in a hurry to change.
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    bygbyron3 , November 17, 2011 7:58 AM
    I love Chrome but keep an updated version of IE with limited security and no add-ons for compatibility with primitive programs such as Battlelog, thanks Origin!
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    zanny , November 17, 2011 8:01 AM
    I pretty much exclusively use firefox nightly. If it ever breaks on a nightly basis, I just use Firefox 9. It keeps the settings. If that doesn't work, chrome is a backup.

    I always hear people talking about memory issues or slow loads or what have you. I must be the most corner case there is, because sunspider in firefox 11 is about 15% faster than the current release chrome to me, with 20 tabs I have a 550 mb footprint, and even running the nightly it crashes once a month. So I've just been on the FF wagon since 2000 and have had no reason to get off.
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    Cryio , November 17, 2011 8:06 AM
    I am 963 years old, I'm a Time Lord, and my name is "The Opera Browser"
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    Cryio , November 17, 2011 8:07 AM
    Who wants to argue? :>
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    raurelian , November 17, 2011 8:08 AM
    Opera Browser here too :)  Rarely I also use IE9 as backup for sites specifically designed for IE.

    Opera FTW!
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    celpas , November 17, 2011 8:26 AM
    Using chrome on my 512kbps connection.Aside from privacy issues,honestly its the fastest browser out there.I have all the browsers on my PC and apart from chrome they all have a "laggy" feeling to them.Chrome feels more responsive on my PCAs far as security goes already have norton 2012.Speed+security-chrome ftw
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    JOSHSKORN , November 17, 2011 8:47 AM
    My Browser of choice (in this order):
    1. Nightly (64-bit)
    2. Google Chrome
    3. Opera
    4. Internet Explorer (32-bit)
    5. Internet Explorer (64-bit) - I don't bother with this version because I figure it's pointless, mainly because if it doesn't work in Nightly, it's because of the lack of availability of a certain plug-in.

    On a related note, I wish Google and Mozilla would release stable 64-bit versions of their browsers. We kind of needed this, like yesterday (to say the least). Can you even GET a computer with 3 GB or less of RAM anymore? Thus pushing the RAM to 4 GB and higher and not having a need for a 32-bit OS.
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    ivyanev , November 17, 2011 9:13 AM
    Another Opera user here.I don't care about market share unless some site neglect my browser support. And then it is annoying because some menu doesn't work.
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2011 9:16 AM
    I'm using Firefox cause I'm so used to the add-ons, but sometimes I feel it's just using too much memory I will interchange with Chrome.

    I'm still using IE for my development work.
    When I browse Chinese web sites, I will use Maxthon, it's actually very good.

    I'm interested to try opera though
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    dontknownotsure , November 17, 2011 9:38 AM
    oh my poor opera
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    kartu , November 17, 2011 10:43 AM
    Opera tends to get lower rating due to the fact that it doesn't send request to the server in many situations, due to caching / built-in add blocker.
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    southernshark , November 17, 2011 10:53 AM
    I use Firefox and like it. I will never use a Google browser. Its just a tool to steal your information. I can't believe people get suckered into it.
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