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Chrome to Surpass IE Market Share by End of March

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According to StatCounter, IE is losing market share at an accelerated pace, while Firefox has stabilized and Chrome is still climbing. If the current trend holds up, Chrome will be exceeding IE global market share for the first time within the next three weekends.

Chrome is much more a weekend browser than any other browser with market shares substantially climbing on Saturdays and Sundays. Last weekend, Chrome climbed to 31.22 percent, which is in close proximity to IE's 33.28 percent. Last week, Chrome reached 30.96 percent and IE fell to 34.64 percent. On month ago, Chrome was at 29.83 percent and IE 35.35 percent. There is some fluctuation, but the trend is amazingly consistent with Microsoft having not found a recipe to halt IE's decline. When Chrome passes IE, it will be the first time since 1997 that a browser other than IE holds the crown of being the most popular browser. Firefox, by the way, has stabilized in the 24 to 25 percent range.

StatCounter data also indicates that Chrome currently needs about six to eight weeks to reach its peak market on an average basis. Again, if this trend holds up, then IE will have lost its market share leadership on by the end of May (according to StatCounter).

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    Anonymous , February 15, 2012 12:34 PM
    I don't think it's that simple and I don't think you can just "extend" that graph and predict something like that. At some point Chrome will flatline and people who like IE will stay with IE.

    What you're doing is just extending a graph, with your train of thought Chrome will have 100% of the market share by the end of the year, and we can all see that's not going to happen.
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    chucko , February 15, 2012 12:43 PM
    There is no way that Statcounter is correct. Here is a completely different set of numbers:

    http://netmarketshare.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=0&qpcustomd=0
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    jl0329 , February 15, 2012 12:44 PM
    Despite all odds, I am using Chrome right now.
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    junixophobia , February 15, 2012 12:47 PM
    canysterssI don't think it's that simple and I don't think you can just "extend" that graph and predict something like that. At some point Chrome will flatline and people who like IE will stay with IE.What you're doing is just extending a graph, with your train of thought Chrome will have 100% of the market share by the end of the year, and we can all see that's not going to happen.


    And you can predict when it will flatline... the author just followed the stat and if you can't predict that crome will flatline in less than 2 months then it will most likely grow and by plus minus march, it will overcome IE...

    unless you can predict its decline without undergoing a flatline first in two months...

    Now if you analyze the current market, how many android do you think is being bought? and... I don't know any IE being installed in any android device...

    also, i'm sure its the weekend buying day where peeps buy their android phone/tablets and then install crome to browse... based on this I would say that the stat is realistic... don't you think?
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    amdfreak , February 15, 2012 1:04 PM
    No wonder. The advantages Chrome has:

    1.) Better product, better user experience

    2.) IE9 is only linked to Win7 which really upsets the users of previous operating systems, blackmailing them to upgrate to Win7. Wrong strategy.
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    fuzzion , February 15, 2012 1:17 PM
    Long live Chrome
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    freggo , February 15, 2012 1:28 PM
    That's what happens when your browser works only on the latest OS.
    You try to force the market to upgrade the OS just to use your latest browser... the maket may just switch to a different browser.
    Once you lost a client that way it is double hard to get them back..Looks like Micro$oft shot itself in the foot yet again.
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    cptnjarhead , February 15, 2012 1:44 PM
    i hate google, but i use chrome everyday.i did love firefox, but it became such a resource hog that i switched to chrome. youtube and pdf without plug-ins right out of the box. i hate google.
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    Netherscourge , February 15, 2012 1:47 PM
    Chrome FTW.

    IE is bland. FF is cluttered.

    I'll take Chrome all day long.
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    Netherscourge , February 15, 2012 1:48 PM
    amdfreakNo wonder. The advantages Chrome has:1.) Better product, better user experience2.) IE9 is only linked to Win7 which really upsets the users of previous operating systems, blackmailing them to upgrate to Win7. Wrong strategy.




    I think IE runs on Vista too. Not that I'm endorsing Vista, mind you. Just saying.
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    syrious1 , February 15, 2012 2:13 PM
    wow, so you mean google actually has 1 product that wasn't retired to the graveyard?
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    supall , February 15, 2012 2:39 PM
    For Microsoft to bounce back, they need to ditch the "Internet Explorer" name and make a non-OS reliant browser. Right now, people associate IE with "awful", "slow", and "resource hog". They need to take the approach that they did with Bing - work from the ground up, re-brand, and more accessible.
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    supall , February 15, 2012 2:39 PM
    For Microsoft to bounce back, they need to ditch the "Internet Explorer" name and make a non-OS reliant browser. Right now, people associate IE with "awful", "slow", and "resource hog". They need to take the approach that they did with Bing - work from the ground up, re-brand, and more accessible.
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    back_by_demand , February 15, 2012 2:51 PM
    supallFor Microsoft to bounce back, they need to ditch the "Internet Explorer" name and make a non-OS reliant browser. Right now, people associate IE with "awful", "slow", and "resource hog". They need to take the approach that they did with Bing - work from the ground up, re-brand, and more accessible.

    Not all people associate, it is still the most popular browser and it is no longer bundled, must be doing something right, they just need to jam it into peoples faces the same way Google does with Chrome on its homepage.
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    chucko , February 15, 2012 2:55 PM
    With the exception of my earlier comment, everyone here is simply way off base. This is not about who's got the better browser. That can be debated ad infinitum.

    What we have here is some apparently suspect browser usage statistics that are being reported on and taken as fact.

    "I read it on the internet so it must be true".

    StatCounter does not seem to publish their methodologies or any other information about how they come up with their data. Others do:

    http://netmarketshare.com/faq.aspx

    I personally find the StatCounter numbers to be markedly different than what I see from other sources, and rather than sensationalizing it, maybe it's time for some fact finding before information like this is put forth.

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    Anonymous , February 15, 2012 3:04 PM
    IE is bland. FF is cluttered.


    and...Chrome is a spy tracking ,data miner,sniffer,etcetc POS....

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    xelliz , February 15, 2012 3:34 PM
    I have to acutally use Chrome, IE and FF to get anything done on the internet. They all claim whatever they want but each one has problems that require me to, as stated, use all three at some point.
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    otacon72 , February 15, 2012 3:56 PM
    I tried Chrome just to see what it was all about. It was ok...didn't really like it. I went to Petco's website then when to MSN's. To my surprise there was a Petco ad on the MSN website now. Tried the same thing with FF....yup...Petco ad on MSN's website. Tried the same thing with IE9...no Petco ad. I'll be sticking with IE9. You want to be tracked and data mined stick with Chrome..lol
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    gm0n3y , February 15, 2012 5:01 PM
    I wish that Chrome would use less memory, but I guess that's the price for having separate processes for each tab. At least when you close something it gives the memory back, unlike FF.
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    metalmechanic , February 15, 2012 7:27 PM
    MAXTHON!!! But I use a chrome skin...
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