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Chrome Keeps Gaining, IE Keeps Losing, Firefox Is Flat

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Google’s (s goog) Chrome browser continues to gain market share as Microsoft’s (s msft) Internet Explorer continues to decline — Firefox’s share, meanwhile, remains largely unchanged, according to the most recent surveys of browser usage. StatCounter said that in May, usage of IE 6 fell below the 5 percent mark in the U.S. and Europe for the first time, with overall usage of Internet Explorer at around 53 percent, while Firefox remained relatively flat at about 31 percent. Chrome’s share rose to 8.6 percent from the 6 percent mark at the beginning of the year.

Results from NetMarketShare show a similar trend, although slightly different overall numbers: the research firm has IE dropping to below 60 percent from 67 percent (StatCounter shows the browser at 52.7 percent overall) and Firefox at the 24 percent mark, up 2 percent from the same period last year. NetMarketShare has Chrome’s usage at 7 percent in May, up from just 3 percent a year ago.

Web traffic company GetClicky, meanwhile, shows Internet Explorer’s market share at just over 50 percent at the end of May, while Firefox stood at 32 percent. The firm’s usage logs put Chrome at close to 10 percent market share.

As Om recently noted, the Mozilla browser continues to have a substantial position, and doesn’t appear to be losing much share to Chrome. However, it doesn’t appear to be gaining much either, and the Google browser is gaining ground rapidly (albeit from a much smaller user base). Whether Firefox — which used to be the “cool” upstart browser — can regain some of its lost momentum remains to be seen.

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10 Responses to “Chrome Keeps Gaining, IE Keeps Losing, Firefox Is Flat”

  1. Franz

    Chrome is not growing fast enough, IE still at 53%, that’s depressing. Google needs to get Chrome OS right from the word go and they should go after organizations and get Chrome installed as the default browser, at least the default alternative to IE on PC at workplace.

  2. “doesn’t appear to be losing much share to Chrome”

    Don’t agree – IE guys moving to Firefox and firefox moving to Chrome. So Firefox is actually losing to Chrome

    • Mehdi

      Completely agreed.
      People are moving to Firebox away from dark IE days and then exploring the open source universe and realising there is even a better browser to go to.

      I personally loved firefox, and still do. But Chrome has been my browser of choice since its beta. There is nothing remotely as fast as Chrome, and speed is the most important factor of my browsing experience.

  3. Google Chrome is the user friendly. It may not have all the bells and whistles, but it doesn’t have all the glitches and thistles either. With Google Chrome you can use extensions, monitor your social networks and still have the dependability of a professional grade browser. People get sucked in by all these redundant tools.