According to StatCounter, Chrome passed Internet Explorer during the week of May 13th. StatCounter's stats are based on a sample of 15 billion page views in the company's network and they show that Chrome is continuing to gradually pull away from IE.
Today, Chrome has taken first place with 32.76 percent share, while IE dipped to 31.94 percent. Chrome has been slowly moving up on IE for years now. The first time Chrome moved past IE, for even a day, only came on March 18th.
Chrome has moved ahead of IE and it's widening its lead.
The reason for Chrome's rise is simple: Chrome is a great Web browser. IE's decline is also easy to explain. Since the introduction of IE 9 last April hasn't seen a single significant update. In addition IE 9 only runs on Windows 7. There is no version of IE 9 for XP. And, even if there were, overall IE 9 is slower than both Chrome and Firefox. It's really no wonder that IE has declined even faster than I had expected it to.
By some other measurements, IE is still number one. But, no matter which Web browser counter you put your faith in, all of them show that Chrome is rising while IE is declining. The day of IE being the undisputed number one Web browser in the world is done.