Google Chrome Unseats IE as Most Popular Web Browser

Posted by at 4:46 am on May 23, 2012

According to data from Statcounter Google Chrome took its position as the Web’s most used browser last week, surpassing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). The firm’s latest figures show that Chrome’s line of usage creeped to overtake IE’s for the first week ever, with Firefox, Safari and Opera completing the top five respectively.

Statcounter’s findings give Google a double win, after the analytics site found that its mobile browser — Android Robot — had leapfrogged Opera to become the most popular option for mobile-based Web surfers in March.

Statcounter’s data over the last year indicates that Chrome use is rising of Chrome at the expense of IE and Firefox. Chrome had it’s first win in the browser wars back on March 18, when Statcounter data showed that it has topped IE’s usage numbers for the first time, a lead that Chrome held for a single day.

Browser usage over May to date puts Chrome and IE almost neck-and-neck at around 33 percent for the month. However, given that last week saw Chrome push ahead, May could become the first month during which the Google-owned browser has been the most popular option.

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