Launched only about 5 years ago, Google Chrome has managed to make its way to the very top of the web browser popularity charts, kicking the undisputed leader of many years – Microsoft’s Internet Explorer – off the top spot on the pedestal. Already mid last year, Google’s product was stepping on IE’s heels, and if we believe the reports provided by the widely popular web statistics company StatCounter, today Chrome is far ahead of Internet Explorer.
Data collected by StatCounter in June of 2013 shows Google Chrome holding a 43% share of the global browser market, with Internet Explorer standing well behind at 25%, barely ahead of Mozilla Firefox, which is used by about 20% of the web population. The fourth and fifth places are occupied by Safari and Opera respectively.
Experts note that IE’s strong position is likely helped by the huge numbers of businesses that have IE set as the default browser on office computers. Employees, who use other browsers at home and would probably prefer to use them at work as well, are forced to use Internet Explorer in the office, keeping it at such a high spot on the browser popularity chart. This idea is supported by StatCounter’s data that shows IE suffering a noticeable browser market share drop on weekends. It might just be enough for businesses to start replacing IE with its competitors Chrome or Firefox to completely kick Internet Explorer out of the picture.
If you are wondering how Google Chrome made it to the top in such a short period of time, there are theories to explain it. This success is especially amazing considering that it all happened when Microsoft pretty much held an industry monopoly, while Firefox met the needs of users not satisfied with IE’s speed or level of customization. According to Neowin, Chrome’s presence on Android mobile devices appears to be responsible at least for part of its success. The iPhone has been unable to establish the same kind of loyalty among its users for the Safari browser, which is basically limited to the OS’s considerably smaller desktop market.
Even though the numbers in StatCounter’s reports may not paint a complete picture, since it uses page views (not the number of users) for its statistics, there is other data available out there that confirms Chrome’s strong position and growing popularity among users all over the world.