Who’s Winning the Browser Battle?

Maybe that Lady Gaga commercial for Google’s Chrome browser is paying off?

Statistics from Net Applications show that usage of the Chrome browser increased from 11.9 percent in April to 12.5 percent in May. This means 1 in 8 people using the Internet now use Chrome making it the third most popular worldwide after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Incidentally, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer lost user share, from 55.1 percent to 54.3 percent, and Firefox made a tiny gain from 21.6 percent to 21.7 percent.

Apple’s Safari made a minor gain also, moving from 7.2 percent to 7.3 percent. In the number five slot, Opera dipped slightly from 2.1 percent to 2.0 percent.

Google rolled out Chrome 12 to beta on May 9, adding better graphics with support for hardware-accelerated 3D CSS, and bolstering its Safe Browsing technology.

One would expect that the Chrome browser will only increase in popularity as the new Chromebook laptops roll out on June 15th.


Net Applications bases its findings on population-adjusted measurements of visitors to websites using its analytics tools.

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at Rates.ca, a new personal finance portal.
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