Story image

Chrome overtakes Firefox, eyes up IE

02 Dec 11

Google’s Chrome has overtaken Mozilla’s Firefox as the world’s second most popular web browser, but Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still has a healthy lead.

According to figures from StatCounter, Chrome now has 25.69% of the worldwide market, compared to Firefox’s 25.23%. Internet Explorer (in all its forms) holds 40.63%, while Safari is steady on 5.92%.

Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, says in a statement that the stats measure actual usage, not just downloads.

"While Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads,” Cullen says, "our stats show that people are actually using it to access the web also.

"We can look 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.”

Firefox was always going to struggle to hold pace against the brand power of Chrome, and despite its revamped release schedule seems doomed to fade into obscurity.

Do you think Firefox can come back, or are the big players too strong? Post your comments below.

CERT NZ highlights rise of unauthorised access incidents
“In one case, the attacker gained access and tracked the business’s emails for at least six months. They gathered extensive knowledge of the business’s billing cycles."
Report finds GCSB in compliance with NZ rights
The Inspector-General has given the GCSB its compliance tick of approval for the fourth year in a row.
Game review: Just Cause 4 on PC
Rico Rodriguez returns to wreak over-the-top havoc for a fourth time. This time the island nation of Solís is our hero’s sandbox, ripe for destruction.
Hands-on review: Logitech G502 HERO gaming mouse
My favourite feature of the G502s is the ‘Sniper’ button, which is found on the left hand side of the device. When held, this lowers the DPI and allows you to achieve maximum accuracy whilst honing in on a kill on your favourite FPS title.
Interview: ZeniMax Online's game director talks Elder Scrolls Online
FutureFive’s Darren Price sat down with Matt Firor, ESO’s designer and now president and game director at ZeniMax Online.
IDC: Tablets stay dead, notebooks keep head above water
An IDC report predicts a soft personal PC market, slipping into further decline with the exception of notebooks, gaming PCs, and business PC upgrades.
A hands-on guide to Christmas shopping by Santa’s IT elf
Ho, ho, ho! So you’re back again for more inspiration for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life?
Govt commits $15.5m to digital identity research
“With more and more aspects of our lives taking place online it’s critical the government takes a lead to ensure New Zealanders have control of how and who uses their identity information,” says Minister Woods.