Poll: Google Chrome leads the pack among SMBs

Poll: Google Chrome leads the pack among SMBs

Summary: Nearly half of the respondents to a recent ZDNet Small Business Center poll indicate that they prefer Google Chrome over other browsers.

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According to the most recent Quick Poll of ZDNet Small Business Center visitors, nearly half say they prefer Google Chrome over other Internet browsers.

The poll was posted over a period of four weeks ending on March 4, 2012 and asked, "Which web browser do you prefer for your small business?"

44% say they prefer Chrome and 26% identified Firefox as their top browser.

Microsoft Internet Explorer was third at 18% with Safari and Opera rounding out the field at 8% and 5% respectively.

According to StatCounter, a free online statistics service, Microsoft's Internet Explorer still leads the overall browser battle with nearly 36% of the market worldwide followed by Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera in that order.

One other interesting point to note, Internet Explorer has been losing worldwide market share for at least the past twelve months while Chrome has been gaining.

What do you think?  Is the browser battle now between Microsoft and Google?

Topics: Apps, Browser, Google, Microsoft, SMBs

Josh Gingold

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Josh Gingold is the Managing Editor of Business and Technology Research Libraries for CBS Interactive with primary responsibility for the presentation of key research and commentary through a combination of blogs, white papers, and Webcasts.

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  • Are browser battles even relevant?

    Why should MS care if you shop their site with IE or Firefox, as long as you shop their site?
    William Farrel
  • Good for Google

    If this poll is statistically accurate, or even reasonably close to accurate, then it is great news for Google. As a result, I think small businesses and SMBs will be more likely to adopt other Google products and services over the long term, including Google+.
    scottostirling
  • What do you think? Is the browser battle now between Microsoft and Google?

    well, according to the poll, the browser battle isn't between Microsoft and Google, but between Mozilla and Google
    aardmaat
    • You're right.

      Should have made that point more clear. Looking into whether this may be a small business phenomenon or just a statistical anomaly based on our audience. I'll report what I find here. In the meantime, thanks for bringing it up and it is very interesting.
      joshgingold
  • I target Chrome

    I use FireFox as a personal browser, and that's not going to change, but I target Chrome for business apps.

    Chrome is by far the most capable HTML5 platform and the fastest browser.

    If Chrome had AdBlocker and NoScript I would use it all the time.
    Tsingi
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