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Chrome Surges Past IE Market Share for the First Time

Chrome was estimated by StatCounter to have held 32.71 percent of the browser market on Sunday, while IE declined to 32.48 percent and Mozilla was at 24.88 percent. Chrome is a so-called weekend browser that is stronger on Saturdays and Sundays than during week. In contrast IE loses market share on weekends. The most popular browser version was Chrome 17 with 29.51 percent. IE9 was a distant second with just 15.6 percent. IE8, Firefox 10 and Firefox 11 followed with 13.56 percent, 9.91 percent, and 6.86 percent, respectively.

So far, Chrome has only surpassed IE on a single day, but there is a good chance that the browser will permanently exceed IE market share by May 2012. When Chrome exceeded Firefox market share for the first time last year, it took the browser about six weeks to consistently pull ahead of Mozilla's browser.

For the entire month, IE still has the lead. The browser currently stands at 34.78 percent. Chrome is at 30.91 percent and Firefox at 25.04 percent. In StatCounter's charts, Microsoft will surrender about 0.9 points of share this month, Google will gain about 1 point and Mozilla will add about 0.2 points.

There is no clear information when Microsoft gained the market share lead with Internet Explorer. The best information available comes courtesy of the EWS Web Server Survey at UIUC, which, however, was abandoned in late 1998. The survey found that IE surpassed Netscape Navigator market share in Q4 of 1998 when it captured 50.43 percent of the market and Netscape dropped to 46.87 percent.

  • jackofhearts495
    I'm not surprised that IE is so much stronger on weekdays than Chrome -- most (if not all) schools, etc. use IE. Personally, I have to put up with IE at school, but when I come home on the weekends, it's Chrome 100%...
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  • victorious 3930k
    jackofhearts495I'm not surprised that IE is so much stronger on weekdays than Chrome -- most (if not all) schools, etc. use IE. Personally, I have to put up with IE at school, but when I come home on the weekends, it's Chrome 100%...Copy that.
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  • rocknrollz
    I used to use IE for school too. But fortunately I am able to use chrome. I am a 24/7 chrome user.
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  • LuckyDucky7
    And, if Firefox and Chrome had the ability to be easily administered through standard Group Policy, that number would be much higher; as it stands right now, you can't lock out some tool from installing a toolbar or other stupid add-on with the stock version of Chrome or Firefox (but you can with IE).
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  • danwat1234
    If firefox could render pages with more than 1 CPU like Chrome, then it'd probably be more popular. I know I would use it then.
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  • I have used chrome since the beginning, it's stable, fast and safe .
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  • synd
    The only reason why IE still has such a high marker share is because of schools/work places/random uneducated internet users.
    No one will ever use IE if he knew about Firefox/Chrome/Opera
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  • mobrocket
    so that is why i saw MSFT run an ad for IE on tv last night...

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  • Hypertraxx
    i used to be a internet explorer user like you, but than i toke a chrome in the knee
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  • QEFX
    Still using Opera & FF ... good job Chrome, but I just don't like you.

    At least we have more than 2 options now, all of which are at least fairly good (yes even IE).
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