Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

Summary: Chrome is fast approaching Internet Explorer, which still holds the top browser share spot worldwide, as it overtakes Firefox for second place.

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Chrome has overtaken Firefox as the most popular browser among UK web users.

Second only to Internet Explorer, whose users have been labelled this week as "stupid",  Chrome has just pinched a whole percent higher than Firefox, and  is expected to grow even further.

The EU browser ballot screen has had a major impact on the browser choice of many within the European zone.

Around 200 million users in Europe were presented with a required update to Windows last year to allow a 'browser ballot' screen to be displayed, giving users the choice of browser away from the traditional Internet Explorer option.

The result of the anti-trust settlement against Microsoft by the European Commission opened the floodgates for browser choice -- to browsers that many users had previously known even existed.

Before this, however, Firefox was the 'obvious' choice for users who wanted to diverge away from pre-installed Internet Explorer, and also offered reprieve for the anti-Safari Mac user. Firefox was all but the only web browser for Linux users.

Opera, the long forgotten browser, though still ever popular with the mobile market, had its users doubled in a three-day period last year, attributable to the browser ballot.

But what is holding Chrome and Firefox back alike is the lack of enterprise support.

Internet Explorer has long been a crucial element to Windows with a strong enterprise focus; being widely customisable through group policy and enterprise rules. Chrome, however, is designed all but entirely for the consumer market -- with synchronisable favourites, applications, add-ins and bookmarks.

Though Chrome does not come in an updatable format on the face of it, many users are put off with the need to 'keep installing' Firefox, from version 4 through to future 8, with only a few weeks in between. Chrome updates in the background without user input, so users are automatically up to date.

The Guardian has a simpler explanation. Speaking to one of Chrome's engineers, Lars Bak says that speed is a "fundamental part" of Chrome's popularity, along with pre-installed security features and the clean and simple design.

Though figures are yet not available for the U.S. market, one can bet money that Chrome's figures are on the scale of unstoppable. Just as Google has done for search, it only makes sense for it to do the same with the browsing experience, too.

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  • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

    Considering that Firefox has become slower than a beached whale, this isn't too surprising. Firefox 6 beta 3 is the slowest browser on my system right now, and I don't even need benchmarking software. It takes nearly 2 whole seconds for the browser to respond to my commands after prolonged usage.

    MOZILLA, FIX THIS. :(
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • FF5 is 'latest stable release' but it is barely usable in any environment

      @Cylon Centurion: ... other than couple of tabs open. It just drags and drags and slow, and it crashes every day.

      https://support.mozilla.com/my/questions/843091
      DDERSSS
      • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

        @DeRSSS
        Most of my uses of Firefox (both 3.6.18 and 5.01) have between 100-200 tabs open. It does slow down a bit when you get over 200 tabs open.

        I do have one example of FF 5.01 with over 1700 tabs (I know that sounds ridiculous, but true) though I used the mod in about:config which replicates Bar Tab so the majority are not updated. It takes about 15 minutes to open from fresh, but works fine once open.
        jorjitop
      • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

        @DeRSSS Didn't we already cover that there's no actionable information presented in that link of yours? I'd check plug-ins if I were you, because these effects you're experiencing were not present when Tom's Hardware pitted all the major browsers against each other.
        jgm@...
      • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

        @DeRSSS What a strange coincidence. Running Firefox on my Mac this morning, it refuses to open any of my Hotmail emails. I switched back to Safari and it works fine so it see<a href="http://vb.maas1.com/">m</a>s the issue is with Firefox. I will not, however, every switch to any<a href="http://www.tran33m.com/vb/">t</a>hing Google, they are evil.
        alasiri5
  • So you're saying Europeans are stupid?

    They needed a ballot to inform them of alternative browsers? Really?

    I really think people switched because Chrome is a better browser. Chrome's share has been increasing in markets where there is no ballot.

    And how is Opera doing? They lobbied hard for this ballot.
    otaddy
    • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

      @otaddy

      Opera? Who is Opera?



      OH, wait! Those guys.... ;)
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

    Actually IE9 on Win7 is great! People on XP need not apply!!
    jatbains
    • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

      @jatbains
      So you are kinda stupid
      pinkfloydhighhopes
    • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

      @jatbains: I assume that you do not run on a 64bit system then.
      CE778
  • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

    What this article doesn't mention is that Chrome's uptick is also being attributed to a pervasive marketing campaign by Google in the UK.

    Also, for those of us using Firefox on Linux, our web browsers do indeed update in the background, as does most to all of our other software, plus the OS. :-)

    I note there's no source for "many users are put off with the need to ?keep installing? Firefox, from version 4 through to future 8, with only a few weeks in between." The only version that came out quick was version 5; version 4 took years to come out. This "explanation" doesn't even make sense.
    jgm@...
    • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

      @jgm@...
      +1
      pinkfloydhighhopes
  • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

    This is a tragedy. All those people getting hooked into the Google spynet. It is just a matter of time when all the data Google has accumulated will get abused, or get released. At that point, all these people will be crying, "What should I do now?" Sounds just like all the people that bought into the highs of the stock market or the real estate market. People are just a bunch of sheep.

    Chrome is a danger. Google is a danger.
    jorjitop
    • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

      @jorjitop I'll propose something just as likely. Google amasses all of this information and pushes the state of the art of data mining to the point where it is indistinguishable from both omniscience and seeing the future. Larry Page incorporates both the information and the algorithms into a vast machine and achieves the Singularity. Larry Page builds us the god we'd long imagined, but made in its own image rather than our own sadistic one. This new machine god leads humanity into an unprecedented Golden Age - a heaven on earth - and eventually to colonize the stars. It uses its knowledge of all things past, present and future to recreate the exact state of all those who have died before and uses its robotic servants and nanotechnology to recreate them, thus also achieving bodily resurrection. It heals the sick, feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, and unclothes the young and pretty (hey, small price for them to pay for paradise). Humanity flourishes amongst the cosmos.

      I'd say the odds are just about equal.
      jgm@...
      • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

        @jgm@...
        "I'd say the odds are just about equal."

        With that analysis of probability, I would like to take you on at any game of chance you like.

        Good luck to you.
        jorjitop
      • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

        @jgm@... Ok, I'll choose thoroughbred horse racing. In the Monmouth Park Survival At the Shore contest (survivalattheshore.com) my handle is "alcalde" and I'm currently ranked 138th out of 6,486 initial entrants (to be fair, "only" 5,730 appear to have actually played) and 93rd in number of winners picked. I just happen to consider Google initiating techo-paradise an enormous overlay at anything much over 1 to 1 odds. :-)
        jgm@...
  • Firefox = IE 3 or 4.

    Today, I revile Firefox as much as I did IE 3 or 4, bloated unstable pieces of garbage code. I can't believe this was the same browser that would run circles around IE a decade ago. Heck, *any* browser is faster than Firefox today, even IE 9 on Win7.
    kraterz
    • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

      @kraterz Despite your spewing of hate, Toms Hardware's latest browser "Grand Prix" has much different findings, especially regarding stability, which Firefox and Opera led. "Google boosted its numbers in performance, reliability, and standards conformance just enough to take the championship from Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, which just barely holds onto second place ahead of Firefox 5 (though this might be debatable). "

      You may need to reflect why your perceptions of something as a "bloated, unstable piece of garbage" are so far off from objective, external reality.
      jgm@...
    • Firefox is NOT SLOW

      @kraterz The problem is that it now takes 3 clicks before it reacts to a URL link.

      Wish I was trolling ..... it is what I see today and is annoying the hell out of me.
      wackoae
    • RE: Chrome overtakes Firefox in UK browser share

      @kraterz
      Probably U have IQ of 50 :D
      pinkfloydhighhopes