Congratulations Google Chrome!!
According to statistics from StatCounter, Google Chrome 15 has just beaten Internet Explorer 8 and now become #1 browser in the worldwide market with 24.55% market share (IE8 has 22.16%).
That’s a good news for me as I consider myself Google Chrome fan. Although Google Chrome has just been out for merely 3 years, it’s now version 15 (Internet Explorer, which has been around for 16 years, is only version 9 [version 10 is coming with Windows 8 next year]).
However, that’s when we compare two browsers in a particular version. When we look at the overall comparison chart, it is clear that Internet Explorer (all version combined) is still #1 with more than 40% market share. Firefox is #2 and Google Chrome is #3. Still a long way to go.
Although, Internet Explorer is still #1, everyone know very well that Microsoft is losing its IE market share, the bleeding is non-stop.
Security and performance concerns seem to be the main reasons for users to move from Internet Explorer to other browsers. However, in my opinion, the problem lies in the fact that people do not update their browser regularly.
Google Chrome is the first browser to do automatic update without asking permission from the users. Later, Firefox follows the lead and now is version 9 (that’s a big jump from version 5 to 9 in less than 6 months).
So, it’s not surprising that, for some users, the only use for Internet Explorer is to download and install other browsers.
Recently, Microsoft plans to do the same, to make IE update automatically without asking user permission, too. Let’s see if this will help Microsoft regain its market share.