For the first time since the creation of the internet, Internet Explorer was pushed to second place by Google’s Chrome as the world’s top browser.
CEO of web monitoring firm Statcounter, Aodhan Cullen, said, “Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable. At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE.”
Chrome’s popularity with users on their home PC’s is seen as being behind the fact that it topped the poll on a Sunday. While it was only on top for one day, it represents a significant shift in the web browser world. With many firms still employing Internet Explorer on work machines it could be some time before Internet Explorer loses its crown for good. However, the signs are encouraging for Google, especially in markets in China, India, and Russia where it is extremely popular.
Chrome 15 is already being touted as the world’s most popular browser but when all versions of both browsers are taken together Internet Explorer still comes out on top. Initially, Firefox had been expected to knock Internet Explorer of the top spot but many users are now reporting that it is slow and bloated leading to a less than ideal user experience.
The survey was based on over 15 billion page views over one month.