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Chrome Sees Market Share Gain In October

Another win for Google as IE, Firefox shares decline

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The latest browser-related stats from Net Applications are out, and October represented more of a trick than a treat for Internet Explorer and Firefox.  But in terms of market share, Safari gained a tiny bit of ground, and Chrome definitely came ahead.

On a month-over-month basis, Net Applications believes Chrome’s market share increased from 7.98 percent to 8.47 percent.  And pitted purely against itself, that gain represents an improvement of 6.14 percent, which is quite good for that short a period.

Safari, meanwhile, eked out a less-impressive increase from 5.27 percent to 5.33 percent between September and October.

As for Internet Explorer, its market share dipped from 59.65 percent to 59.26 percent, which extends a pattern that the IE team at Microsoft must find worrying.  Even if IE9 is great, there’s now a smaller pool of people likely to just upgrade to it.

Firefox saw its popularity slip a little, too, with its market share decreasing from 22.96 percent to 22.82 percent on a month-over-month basis.  And in this highly competitive environment, that makes the delay of Firefox 4 look like a potential problem.

Chrome Sees Market Share Gain In October
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  • http://signature.eu.com Signature Web Designers Kent

    As web designers we need to check our client sites degrade well in all the popular web browsers. But as an end user I use Chrome because it’s fast and simple. Whilst I use Firefox/ firebug browser for debugging. I have Explorer just because it came pre-installed on the office desktop :-) Seriously whilst we cannot ignore IE, it’s a sad browser isn’t it? Over at .NET magazine their talking about IE9. Could IE9 do what WIN7 did for Microsoft’s OS? We’ll have to wait an see

  • http://www.cptsolutions.biz web design wales

    Seriously internet explorer is dead, as a web designer I use firefox for all design work as there a whole host of superb free of charge tools that make my life easier freely available from the firefox community. Chrome is quite a good browser with some nice in-built functionality that I quite like. But to be honest if it wasn’t for the fact that most people have Internet Explorer because it’s installed as standard on windows machines then I would happily bin it. It’s not standards compliant and its not a good browser and always seems to be riddled with security problems. The only thing I use internet explorer for is to test how my web pages look and behave when browsed with it. Other than that I have no use for it.

  • http://www.selectyourfranchise.com Franchise UK

    I dont think you can call a browser with a 59% market share ‘dead’! they are still the dominant player by far. Don’t get me wrong… as a web developer I prefer Chrome for simplicity and Firefox because of the plugins available for it. But in terms of public opinion I’ve found alot of people I speak to don’t even know that there is an alternative to IE. They just use whats installed on their PC because its there and they don’t know any different because its all they have ever used.

    Whether or not the majority of the technical community prefer Chrome or Firefox over IE (thats all of us then yes? lol), we still have to live with the fact that Windows will continue to ship with IE installed and that means it will carry a large share of the market for many years to come.

    Joe

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