Chrome Browser Lessens Gap with Firefox, IE

Paul Lilly

It's funny to think back when Google first launched its Chrome browser, a simplistic window to the Web that didn't look like any other browser out there. The minimalistic interface caught surfers off guard, and the lack of support for third party extensions was, to many, a deal killer. And today? Google's Chrome browser is, in many ways, the model browser that others have started to emulate, and it might eventually become the most used browser on the planet.

According to market research firm Net Applications , Chrome continues to gain on both Firefox and Internet Explorer. Chrome ended the month of June with a 13.11 percent share of the browser market, up from 12.52 percent in May and 11.94 percent in April. With the exception of July 2010, in which Chrome's share dropped from 7.24 percent one month prior to 7.16 percent, Chrome has increased its share every month since July 2009, which is as far back as Net Applications will let us look.

Meanwhile, Internet Explorer continues its slow downward descent by ending June with a 53.68 percent share of the browser market, down from 54.72 percent in May and 55.11 percent in April. Back in July 2009, IE accounted for 67.68 percent of all browser use.

Chrome presents a more immediate threat to Firefox, which ended June with a 21.67 percent share, down from 21.71 percent in May and a peak share (since July 2009) of 24.72 percent in November 2009. At the time, Chrome accounted for just 3.93 percent of the browser market, and 2.59 percent back in July 2009.

As for the other browsers, Safari is in fourth place with a 7.48 percent and Opera in fifth with 1.73 percent, while alternative browsers collectively account for 2.33 percent.

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