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Chrome briefly tops Internet Explorer as top browser

updated 10:55 am EDT, Wed March 21, 2012

Spike sees Chrome get one-day browser lead

A brief if historic milestone in web browsers occurred this weekend as Google Chrome temporarily overtook Microsoft's Internet Explorer in usage, StatCounter found Wednesday. For one day, March 18, Chrome had 32.71 percent of traffic to IE's 32.5 percent. A rise in share from Brazil, India, and Russia was credited for the sudden position swap.

Internet Explorer still had a sustained lead over longer periods, but CEO Aodhan Cullen noted that there was a worldwide trend towards Chrome rapidly closing the gap each weekend. It suggested that Chrome was now at a virtual dead heat with IE in personal usage, as IE's edge appeared to be coming only from users forced to run it at work that switched to Google's browser once they were home.

The data showed similar if less pronounced spikes for Safari, as those with Macs at home got online. Firefox and Opera, however, were relatively untouched over the same space of time. Opera's small share leaves it less prone to rapid changes, but Firefox's relatively flat performance didn't have as much immediate explanation.

For Microsoft, the position change could be a minor cause for alarm as well as a reflection of its change in importance. Although it still has a near-monopoly in desktop operating systems, it has lost much of its dominance in browsers as faster, more feature-capable browsers like Chrome have taken hold. The reduced dependency on offline desktop software as web apps take hold has helped drive users to improved browsers.

March 18 browser share

Weekend browser share shifts

By Electronista Staff


  1. FireWire

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Oct 1999



    people are complete morons.. I can't believe people refuse to hear the truth after so many years.. it took forever to adopt CSS, tabs, and most standard, it's slow as h***, has no plugins, security holes.. but NOOOO we'll continue tu use it because we have no brain! those people deserve to be punched!

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2008


    That explains it...

    I saw a TV ad for Internet Explorer a few days ago, and I wondered what was the need for that. It felt weird, like I was back in 1998! Why would anyone care to know about a web browser...or worse, that the ad showed what every browser out there can do, which everyone knows!

    That all important "market share" to Microsoft these days...that's the reason to spend $20 million on a PC web browser ad campaign!

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Apr 2011


    I particularly enjoy Ms's ribon interface!

    Well not really,
    but it takes up even more screen real estate than the actual site,
    so it's what I see the most.

    just when wide aspect ratio monitors are ALL manufacturers care to make,
    here comes (headless) Microsoft with yet another very thick horizontal element to crowd up your screen.

    Think I'm going to do all my printed letters landscape,
    much less scrolling that way.

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