Chrome, IE9 gain in browser wars

Chrome, IE9 gain in browser wars

Summary: Browser-usage statistics for September indicate that Google's Chrome is gaining ground, alongside Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9, and mobile browsers Apple iOS and Google Android.

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Browser-usage statistics for September indicate that Google's Chrome is gaining ground, alongside Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9, and mobile browsers Apple iOS and Google Android.

Google's Chrome browser continued its steady rise in usage on Net Applications's network of thousands of websites, increasing from 7.5 percent in August to 8 percent in September, the analytics firm said. Microsoft's Internet Explorer remains the top-ranked browser, but its share dipped from 60.4 percent to 59.7 percent. Second-place Firefox was essentially flat at 23 percent. Apple's Safari rose a tenth of a point to 5.3 percent, while Opera kept its 2.4 percent share.

Chrome helps spread the Google brand, but it also serves as a vehicle to disseminate Google technologies. On Thursday, Google said it will add support for its new WebP image format to Chrome in an effort to speed browser graphics. Chrome 7 is getting Google Instant search abilities, some hardware acceleration and WebGL 3D graphics support by default.

In September, IE drops at Chrome's expense. Credit: NetApplications

For more on this story, read Rising browser powers: Chrome, iOS on CNET News.

Topics: Browser, Google, Microsoft

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  • RE: Chrome, IE9 gain in browser wars

    But AKH just told us that IE9 isn't gaining! So who do we believe? I'm going with not believing AKH!
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Chrome, IE9 gain in browser wars

    IE8 was such a giant leap backwards you have ask why you would use it at all. I have friends tell me every day that the website they were trying to go to "looks funny". I say, try it on Firefox. They never go back.

    Wonder what this graph would look like if people had to actively choose IE like they do the rest?
    a.portman
    • It all depends

      @a.portman@...

      I use the browser in Mozilla SeaMonkey 95% of the time, but often have problems trying to print or print/preview with it. I end up printing it with IE. However, I don't like the IE interface. Same is true with a relatively small number of pages that display poorly in MSM--they almost always render in IE. I usually keep IE, FF, Chrome and MSM on all the computers I use. It doesn't make sense to tie yourself down to just one browser.
      jlongino
  • RE: Chrome, IE9 gain in browser wars

    Chrome really is quite delightful. Unlike Firefox, it virtually never crashes. Unlike Safari, it virtually never crashes. Unlike I.E., it is not a kludge. The clever folks at Google have scored again.
    markomd
    • RE: Chrome, IE9 gain in browser wars

      @markomd I have to say I personally have NEVER had FireFox, Safari, Opera, or Chrome crash on me... I.E. however is a different story.
      athynz
  • RE: Chrome, IE9 gain in browser wars

    I can easily see how Chrome is getting more share. It is snipe-installed when you install other Google products such as Google Earth. If Microsoft did that on IE, they would be hauled off to court again.
    StellarView
  • RE: Chrome, IE9 gain in browser wars

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    richardh_123
  • RE: Chrome, IE9 gain in browser wars

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  • RE: Chrome, IE9 gain in browser wars

    only thing in which chrome beats IE is it speed. Its much faster and lighter than IE. However google chrome does not support all the features supported by IE. IE is much more stable and robust. Look wise chrome takes the winning hat since its a modern age browser
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