Monday, May 21, 2012

Google Chrome passes Internet Explorer to become the world's most popular web browser; IE still holds on to slim lead in the U.S.

StatCounter Global Stats is reporting that for the first time Google's Chrome web browser has passed Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) to become the world's most popular way to surf the web. IE remains number one in the United States, though its popular is falling quickly.

While worldwide Chrome is growing fast at the expense of IE, in the US all browsers are taking market share from Microsoft's web browser.

It should be noted, however, that not all other reporting sites are showing Chrome number one, though the growth of browsers other than IE remains consistent. On TNM, IE is actually the number four browser, behind Chrome, Safari and Firefox. The high number of Safari users, at about 25 percent, can probably be chalked up to iPad users, which accounts for over 97 percent of all traffic coming from tablets.

Despite this trend it is clear that many media websites have still not adjusted to the growth of Chrome. The Washington Post site, for instance, still will deliver a text version of any story opened from the home page in Chrome (at least on a Mac).