Google Chrome Overtakes Mozilla Firefox Globally for First Time

Google's browser Chrome overtook Firefox for the first time globally on a monthly basis in November, according to StatCounter, the free website analytics company.

The firm's research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that Chrome took 25.69% of the worldwide market (up from 4.66% in November 2009) compared to Firefox's 25.23%. Microsoft's Internet Explorer still maintains a strong lead globally with 40.63%.

Global Browser market share September 2011:

Microsoft Explorer____________40.63 percent (lost market share)

Chrome______25.66 percent

Mozilla Firefox_________25.23 percent

US Browser market share September 2011:

Microsoft Explorer____________50.66 percent
Microsoft’s internet explorer continues to perform strongly and is maintaining market share at, up slightly from 50.24% year on year.

Mozilla Firefox_________20.09 percent
The Firefox’s share is down from 26.75% year on year.

Chrome______17.3 percent
Chrome is up to 17.3% from 10.89%.

Safari__________10.76% (from 10.71%.year on year)

Notably, In the UK, Internet Explorer also leads the market with 42.82% with Chrome (24.82%) already overtaken Firefox (20.56%) in July this year.

Statcounter looks forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally. Statcounter which measures actual browser usage, not downloads, finds that while Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads; people are actually using it to access the web also.

NOTE: StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the US) from the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.

As well as free web research, StatCounter provides free website traffic analysis for website owners, developers and bloggers. In September StatCounter announced its new website with added features. If you have a website or blog, you can use Statcounter Analytics too. --------

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