According to the Irish analytics firm StatCounter, Google’s Chrome browser recently became the world’s most popular PC browser for one day. The StatCounter data, which is based on visitor information from 3 million websites and 15 billion page views each month, indicates that on March 18th Chrome reached 32.71% usage. Internet Explorer was a close second with 32.5% of the market and by Monday morning held a commanding lead over Chrome.
Aodhan Cullen, the StatCounter CEO, said the following in a company statement:
“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.”
While Chrome and Internet Explorer are experiencing drastic fluctuations in market share depending on if it is a weekday or weekend, the other major browsers do not seem to be substantially influenced by work schedules.
While some critics may argue that the StatCounter statistics and data collection methods are less than perfect, Internet Explorer’s market share has been steadily decreasing for the past several years. In July of 2008, Internet Explorer was the browser of choice for 69% of the total market. Internet Explorer’s market share, which has been consistently dropping over time, is now approximately 35%.
While it is difficult to predict when or if Chrome will become the dominant leader in the browser market, StatCounter data suggests that Chrome gains an average of two percentage points a month primarily at Internet Explorer’s expense. If the StatCounter data is accurate and Chrome’s growth continues at this rate, it is possible that Chrome could be the consistent leader as soon as July of this year.
[Sources Include: StatCounter]