There are more people surfing the Web with various builds of Internet Explorer at this moment than there are for any other browser, which has been the case ever since Microsoft buried Netscape Navigator a long time ago. But if you want to talk about the world's most popular single browser build, that title now belongs to Google's Chrome 15, according StatCounter, a website analytics company.
StatCounter reports that in the last full week in November, Chrome 15 grew its worldwide market share to 23.6 percent, barely enough to edge out Internet Explorer 8 at 23.5 percent. IE still leads the aggregate and is ahead of Chrome (No. 2) and Firefox (No. 3), but the fact that the world's most popular single browser belongs to a company other than Microsoft is impressive, especially when you consider Chrome has only been around for a little over 3 years.
"Google announced Chrome for business exactly a year ago and IT administrators appear to have embraced it in a remarkably short time," commented Aodhan Cullen , CEO, StatCounter. "Looking at the daily stats, Chrome 14 and 15 have been overtaking IE8 at weekends since the beginning of October. However, Chrome 15 overtook IE8 for the first time during the five day working week, in week commencing 5th December. It looks as if people favour Chrome on weekends at home but office commercial use has now caught up."
Chrome isn't quite as popular in the U.S. as it is around the world. In the U.S., IE8 is still the most popular single browser with a 27 percent share of the market for the week commencing December 5, 2011, compared to 18.1 percent for Chrome 15.