Google’s Chrome web browser has overtaken Mozilla’s Firefox for the first time to become the second most popular broswer in the world behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
That’s the word from analytics firm StatCounter, who note that Chrome has benefited from monumental growth this year.
Chrome is now sitting pretty with a 25.69% market share, a massive build on the 4.66% share they had in November 2009.
Firefox sits just behind at 25.23%, but Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still maintains a massive lead globally with 40.63%.
Delve a little deeper into each individual territory however and the stats differ slightly. While the UK is in line with the global shift to Chrome over Firefox, in the US Firefox is still ahead with a market share of 20.09% compared to Chrome’s 17.3%. Internet Explorer however remains the force to beat in both countries however.
“We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally,” said StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen.
“Our stats measure actual browser usage, not downloads, so while Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads our stats show that people are actually using it to access the web also.”