Chrome takes the lead

March 23rd, 2012 at 9:26 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

’s Chrome web browser overtook ’s Internet Explorer (IE) to become market leader globally for the first time last Sunday, web analytics firm StatCounter said on Wednesday.

“While it is only one day, this is a milestone,” said Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter’s chief executive.

“At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE.”

On March 18, Chrome was used for 32.7 per cent of all browsing, while Explorer had 32.5 per cent share. When people returned to their offices on Monday, the IE share rose to 35 per cent and Chrome’s share slipped to 30 per cent.

“Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable,” Cullen said.

On a monthly basis, Chrome’s market share has surged to 31 per cent so far in March from 17 per cent a year ago, while Explorer has slipped to 35 per cent from 45 per cent a year earlier.

Heh I remember when Netscape Navigator was the market leader. But IE soon overtook it after being launched (mainly because new Windows PCs would come with it already on) and not even Firefox even overtook it.

I migrated a few months ago from Firefox to Chrome, and am loving it. Didn’t think I would like having the browser bar also being the search engine, but you know it works great. Features such as pre-load results make quite a speed difference also.

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30 Responses to “Chrome takes the lead”

  1. Fletch (6,025 comments) says:

    Yep, I’ve been using Chrome for a few years now. The only thing I really miss from Firefox is the BBCode extension and Scrapbook (although I think there might be a version of Scrapbook for Chrome now).

    I was actually using Iron for a while (a version of Chrome without the privacy worries Chrome has – every Chrome user has a unique I.D) but it isn’t updated as much.

    http://www.aqlsoft.com/chrome-privacy-protector/

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  2. Redbaiter (7,623 comments) says:

    Y’know Mr. Farrar, I’d really like to believe you send us these little endorsements completely innocently, but then there was the Air NZ thing wasn’t there.

    [DPF: Oh yeah Google pay me to say nice things about Chrome. If you want to slander me you can do it on your blog not mine. And you don't get to do it cowering under an alias, when I disclose my name, and in fact have a disclosure statement more extensive than I suspect anyone else online]

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  3. Swampy (273 comments) says:

    Ie version 1 was launched back with Windows 95 and was so limited it was easily outpaced by Netscape. It was not until about version 4 of IE it was seriously able to take on Netscape.

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  4. RRM (9,458 comments) says:

    Redbaiter (40) Says:
    Some crap…

    Holy multiple fake identities Batman!!!

    Didn’t you used to have about thirteen thousand comments after your name? Before you stopped using Kiwiblog because it’s apparently just a left-wing sewer?

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  5. Rick Rowling (801 comments) says:

    I just can’t get past the whole Google is Creepy thing.

    Remember – if you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer, you’re the product.

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  6. adze (1,864 comments) says:

    But Rick,
    Google will never gonna give you up…

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  7. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    Chrome is fugly and weird, there was nothing wrong with firefox. Meh

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  8. Chthoniid (2,028 comments) says:

    Didn’t like chrome when it was first released, but it’s matured into my preferred browser at home (fast, minimalist). Having started my browsing with Netscape navigator I never developed any affection to IE. IE is kind of the backup browser for those webpages that won’t load or function properly with anything else.

    Still prefer Firefox for work purposes. I used to use Opera at home but it seemed to get more and more featured and less nimble with each iteration. Chrome reminds me of when Opera was the fast, nimble browser of choice.

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  9. Rick Rowling (801 comments) says:

    IE is kind of the backup browser for those webpages that won’t load or function properly with anything else.

    IE is the non-compliant browser for those non-compliant webpages written for IE.

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  10. adze (1,864 comments) says:

    I’m a recent Chrome convert, after using FF for years, but finally becoming frustrated with its hefty memory usage (500MB for a session, come on)

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  11. Michael Mckee (1,091 comments) says:

    I try to limit Google in my life as I don’t trust them and their new privacy policy merely gives and indication of the future with them. They are evil.

    Sorry if you don’t understand that, as I don’t understand people using it knowing what they are doing and are like.

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  12. Stuart (40 comments) says:

    I use Chrome these days and it is far better in almost every regard, apart from one massive issue. Websites have a particular tag that determines if the page should offer to save your username and password, which most do, but some websites have this tag disabled. Chrome then refuses to save passwords (while other browsers still allow you to save). Very frustrating for frequently visited websites, and the bug has been around since the beginning, but Chrome is still the best.

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  13. obald (10 comments) says:

    Chrome for me and find it ticks all the boxes I need ticking. But the switch was from Safari on the Mac so not really a very tough choice. Safari has to be one of the very few Mac type things I can’t get along with.

    Never ‘liked’ Firefox – whatever that means

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  14. Chthoniid (2,028 comments) says:

    Firefox has the RIP addon. That can be quite useful for browsing Kiwiblog :P

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  15. Manolo (13,370 comments) says:

    Firefox for me. Version 11 loads even faster and performs well.

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  16. Redbaiter (7,623 comments) says:

    “If you want to slander me you can do it on your blog not mine.”

    Slander you??

    Get a fucking life.

    And I’ve never “cowered”. In respect of you or anyone. Every message I have ever posted has been under the one ID and with the same email address.

    [DPF: You say derogatory things about hundreds of other people - things which can affect their jobs, their careers, their reputations. Yet you refuse to use your actual name so people can hold you responsible for what you say. I call that cowering. It takes courage to say this is who I am, these are my views, and I'll let people judge me on them]

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  17. emmess (1,369 comments) says:

    I use Chrome at home because of it faster speed and lower memory usage.
    But I use still Firefox at work, there a have a 64 bit Windows and that is not so important. I use the tab groups which are great for organizing, that way I can keep 50-100 pages open.
    Also, I use Opera Mini on my cheapo Android tablet thing, just what was available and seems to do the job alot better than the default ones.

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  18. Mark (1,362 comments) says:

    Have used Chrome for years. faster and easier to use.

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  19. DJP6-25 (1,268 comments) says:

    I use IE to listen to music on my notebook while I play games. Only because it has a good radio station guide. I also use it for You Tube. As I can d/l videos with Realplayer. Otherwise I refuse to use Microsuck products. For surfing, and downloads, I use Firefox.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  20. RRM (9,458 comments) says:

    DPF: You say derogatory things about hundreds of other people – things which can affect their jobs, their careers, their reputations.

    Yes because so many influential people read the Redbaiter blog! ;-)

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  21. Alan Wilkinson (1,816 comments) says:

    I’ve been using Chrome almost since it launched. Only problem is some prints from pdf plugins hang my Canon printer.

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  22. annie (537 comments) says:

    It’s a nice browser, but it infests the registry and installs google updater. It’s almost impossible to uninstall – yes, it disappears, but google updater remains behind, the registry entries remain and are a bitch to remove successfully. I uninstalled it a year ago and am still finding traces here and there, some of which seem to pop back into the registry and into startups.

    No browser has any business clawing that deep into your system

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  23. Dazzaman (1,123 comments) says:

    At the risk of sounding like a browser snob, Chrome is tops. The one big problem I have with it is the fact that since version 17? it starts a process with every tab sending my already marginal netbook RAM into fits. No probs with the desktop as it’s a beast anyway.

    To annie, yes you’re right. I have ripped the guts of it out, including lots of registry entries, using revouninstaller pro version…..good tool that!

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  24. valeriusterminus (247 comments) says:

    Annie says very sensible things – vote for Annie.
    I’ve gone from Lynx on SCO to Eudora(Win16) to IE (it’s okay now) – and flirted with Moz when Linuxed.
    Chrome comes and goes – as my kids click and hope.
    Corporates embrace IE for very justifiable reasons
    Anyone got wpad proxy sorted for Android or IOS yet?

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  25. meow (16 comments) says:

    You are blown away by the address bar being the searchbar in Chrome? IE9 onwards has that feature too, just type a question mark and then your query.

    My understanding is that Webkit based browsers (like Chrome) still have a lot of vulnerabilities.

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  26. infused (636 comments) says:

    Incorrect. See the stats: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers

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  27. Swampy (273 comments) says:

    Firefox shines in a number of areas – one of those is memory usage for multiple tabs. In Chrome (and IE) each new tab is started as a separate process. On FF the memory is all shared – making it much more efficient and faster when a lot of tabs are open or on systems that don’t have much memory.

    Another nice thing about FF is that the disabling of context menus by website (right click) can itself be disabled so that the functions are always available.

    Why I have switched to Chrome – despite missing the many FF extensions – is that FF is stuck in this model that the only time that add-ons can be installed or checked is when the browser is first opened. This slows down browser startup massively. There is not one single reason why FF can’t run a background process and bring up changes needed in another tab alongside the current process by the user.

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  28. Swampy (273 comments) says:

    Chrome good: Fast and automatically updates.

    Chrome bad: Google decided to be cowboys and try to get around permissions blocking software installation, like it was their right to. For people who want a conventional installation there is a standalone edition now available.

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  29. Fletch (6,025 comments) says:

    Google got Scott McCloud to do an online comic book explaining Chrome and it’s benefits (which it does very well).
    You can read it here – http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/

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  30. beautox (430 comments) says:

    Bah I can’t find a good browser nowadays. Firefox used to have right-click and “Block images from xxxx” so you could stop adverts, but since Google pay Firefox huge amounts of money (about $300 million a year) that function has vanished.

    Google are getting more and more like the Microsoft we used to love to hate. And with good reason. I fucking hate adverts and it pisses the hell out of me that half my internet bandwidth is used to send me this unwanted crap.

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