Google Chrome Becomes the World’s Favorite Web Browser

This past week, Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer to become the most used web browser in the world (well, at least for a day). While calculating the exact figures when it comes to the internet is hardly a precise science, Statcounter shows that Chrome has been growing at a steady rate at the expense of both IE and Firefox.

Google Chrome Logo

Ever since its inception, Chrome has been winning converts and its rise in popularity does not seem to be stopping anytime soon.

If we look at the Statcounter data closely, there are some interesting revelations:

• For a start, IE is still the runaway leader in North America, whereas Firefox dominates the scene in Europe and Africa. Chrome has a tremendous lead in certain parts of Asia and South America (where Chrome’s share reaches as much as 50%).

• IE fares well during weekdays (excluding IE9, which puts up a decent show on weekends), whereas Chrome wins on weekends, perhaps indicating that people tend to use Chrome at home to browse on weekends, while IE is still ‘enforced’ in certain offices.

Statcounter data

Until last year, IE had as much as 45% of the market share – today, its supremacy is very clearly under question. What will the figures be one year from now?

Any guesses or thoughts? Feel free to share with us in the comments.


  • I’m surprised it took as long as it did.

  • Peter

    That’s all because paul irish does good work, including html5 boilerplate, and he’s on the chrome dev tool team… and a lot of other internet-ey stuff…

  • What are the reason for this?

  • Guest

    I’m glad to hear a webkit browser is trendy, but with the given graph, I’m not sure Chrome is gaining previous IE users or FF users….

  • It is about time that IE was toppled, despite IE9 being a lot better than its predecessors it has always been the worst of the bunch when it comes to rendering in particular. I am as a designer very happy about this, Although I would still like to see a uniform consent to rendering styles across all browsers come into force.

    Great article, lets hope it continues…

  • Really nice article.Google chrome make it  over than IE.Thank you for sharing.

  • Finally A good news for all the Front End developers :). Chrome is awesome in terms of HTML/CSS rendering and all the latest webkit- css3 add-ons(like CSS3 animations ) make it more spectacular .

  • FINALLY IE is beginning to fall… Microsoft should be ashamed of themselves for the embarassment they’ve unleashed upon themselves with any new version of Internet Explorer. I used to love Microsoft, but they’re making me hate them because of Internet Explorer.

  • Great. I am regular user of Chrome But sometimes I can’t stop myself to use Firefox. And I am shocked that people are still using IE :P

  • su hall

    With IE, there were too many features that did not work with it.  There were images, but, I couldn’t download them half the time.  So, I moved to FF.  But, then, Firefox, from 6.0 up, sucked so bad, it interfered with my daily work flow.  I  moved to Chrome and haven’t regretted it for a minute!   
    Chrome has served my needs for almost a year.