Google Chrome Passes Internet Explorer As Top Browser For A Day

By Yashwant
Mar 22nd, 2012
1 Comment
Google Chrome became World'sNumber One Browser

Google Chrome became World'sNumber One Browser

Browser war is getting serious day by day. We recently discussed about The Browser You Loved To Hate campaign by Microsoft to stay ahead in browser market with latest version of IE but it seems Google chrome is not going to let them at the top for long. IE has always been at top of charts when it comes to number of users. Firefox was always supposed to be the optimum competitor to the crown but everything has changed from the time Google released chrome. Chrome has been the favorites of users from its launch time. Chrome has shown phenomenal rate of growth right from its beginning and last week they have touched the milestone which Firefox was dreaming for long. As per the report by StatCounter, Last Sunday 18 March 2012, Chrome became world’s number one browser for one day.

“While it is only one day, this is a milestone,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. He added that Chrome still faces a battle to unseat its main rivals including IE and Firefox in many regions. Chrome remains in 2nd or 3rd place in China, United States and Germany, for example. “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,” added Aodhan Cullen, commenting on the weekend surges in Chrome usage.

StatCounter Global Stats for Top 5 browsers from Jan 19 to March 19, 2012

StatCounter Global Stats for Top 5 browsers from Jan 19 to March 19, 2012

Graph clearly depicts the inclination towards using chrome over weekends. During weekdays people are forced to use IE by offices but when people are free to choose their browser for their personal work chrome is the choice. The gap is getting narrower towards right and that day is not far away when chrome will surpass IE forever. Firefox has shown steady behavior as depicted in red color in the graph. Firefox has to come up with new innovative ideas to stay alive in the race.

Microsoft has defended their world no 1 position in their recent article on Windows Team Blog. They have tried to explain the different methodologies to measure browser share. They have justified that IE has not lost the top spot yet. Two big reasons which they have mentioned are
  • Chrome is using prerendering which opens search results in separate invisible chrome tabs. User does not see these tabs but they are counted in browser traffic
  • StatCounter does not do geo or country level weighting. So in case they are taking less data from a country which has more internet users the trends might not be exact. As per StatCounter methodology :

We do not manipulate the data in any way. We do not collate it with any other information sources. No artificial weightings are used. We simply publish the data as we record it.

So Microsoft has tried to prepare following charts with weighted and unweighted browser share
StatCounter Browser Share Feb 2012 Unweighted v/s Weighted

StatCounter Browser Share Feb 2012 Unweighted v/s Weighted

Well, it does not matter whether chrome actually crossed IE for that one day or not. The point is Chrome user base in increasing day by day and users are loving chrome. Microsoft should improve IE instead of wasting money on their ad campaigns. In the end user will choose that browser which is more users friendly then the one which has a better advertisement. Let’s hope Microsoft comes up with something interesting in new version of IE than new advertisements.

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One Response to “Google Chrome Passes Internet Explorer As Top Browser For A Day”

  1. […] working for Microsoft. They have gained a significant 1% increment in March from February even when Chrome crossed IE for one day.  So what’s the possible reason behind this? Has IE really improved that much? […]

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