Firefox, Internet Explorer Lose Ground As Google Chrome Claims No. 2 Spot

Posted by · December 1, 2011 10:57 am

And then there was Chrome. Last month, the Google web browser bested Mozilla Firefox to become the world’s number two browser. Chrome now claims 25.69 percent of global market share, just barely getting the edge over Firefox’s 25.23 percent.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still maintains global dominance. According to the same StatCounter report, IE holds 40.63 percent of worldwide market share. However, that number may be slightly deceiving.

Last month, the Microsoft browser saw traffic drop below the 50 percent mark for the first time in more than a decade, settling at 49.6 percent. And this month, the downward trend seems to be picking up speed, as IE now finds itself struggling to stay above the 40 percent mark.

Internet Explorer’s seemingly bleak future isn’t much of a surprise, though, considering its scarcity on smartphones and tablets. With Safari claiming iPhone and iPad users and Chrome reportedly set to become the default browser on Android devices, it seems the writing may be on the wall for Internet Explorer.

And Google Chrome is rising rapidly to take its place.

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