Thursday, March 22, 2012
Google Chrome beats Internet Explorer to become world's top browser for first time ever
Google's Chrome became the world's top internet browser for one day on Sunday, pushing Internet Explorer into second place for the first time.
Explorer has been the world's most popular web browser since 1999.
'While it is only one day, this is a milestone,' said Aodhan Cullen, CEO of web monitoring firm Statcounter.
Chrome did not retain its lead, however, in the statistics released by monitoring firm Statcounter.
As of this week, Explorer is in first place again.
Chrome's figures tend to surge at weekends, driven by home users who choose Google's browser over Microsoft's.
During the week, when much web browsing is from corporate machines, Explorer rises.
'Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable. At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE,' said Aodhan Cullen.
The open-source browser Firefox was widely expected to take Internet Explorer's crown, but recent versions have been bloated and slow.
p/s: While Chrome is indeed faster than Firefox/IE it's privacy concerns will start to put many people off it.