Just three years after launch Google Chrome briefly became the world’s most popular web browser over the past weekend, surpassing figures set by the previously dominant force that is Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
The latest figures, compiled by independent research firm StatCounter, showed that last Sunday, March 18th, more people used Google’s Chrome browser than any other browser offering marking the first time the rapidly evolving Google software has triumphed over its more established rivals.
Attributing the brief period of success in large to most users spending their weekend on their own personal computers as opposed to the often IE locked work machines, Sunday saw 32.7 per cent of the world’s web traffic filtered through the Chrome browser as opposed to 32.5 per cent through Internet Explorer. The following day, with users back at office machines, Chrome dropped to a 30 per cent share with IE returning to the top spot with a 35 per cent handle.
"While it is only one day, this is a milestone," said Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter's chief executive. "At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE."
With Google’s Chrome browser pushing Firefox from second to third in the chart of the world’s most popular browsers last December, the Google software’s recent cresting of its Microsoft rival has sparked questions around its potential future dominance.
"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," StatCounter’s Cullen said.
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