Chrome Ascends in Browser Wars

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TechCrunch's MG Siegler is reporting that Chrome is now the most-used browser among that site's visitors, having slightly edged out Firefox in November. It's yet another piece of evidence that Google's browser is a major hit, especially among people who take their Web browsers really seriously.

Here at Technologizer, Firefox maintains the #1 spot -- in fact, Chrome is only the third-most popular browser. (Internet Explorer is #2.) But Chrome usage is increasing at a steady clip, and both Firefox and IE have lost users over the past year.

Here's the current breakdown of browser usage among Technologizer users (this is based on the last month's worth of visits to the site):

  • Firefox: 32%
  • Internet Explorer: 27%
  • Chrome: 22%
  • Safari: 16%
  • Opera: 1%
  • Other: 1%

Here's where it stood a year ago:

  • Firefox: 42%
  • Internet Explorer: 31%
  • Safari: 15%
  • Chrome: 10%
  • Opera: 1%
  • Other: 1%

And a year before that, when Chrome was a few weeks old:

  • Internet Explorer: 38%
  • Firefox: 37%
  • Safari: 16%
  • Chrome: 6%
  • Opera: 2%
  • Other: 1%

Where will the breakdown stand a year from now, at least among Technologizer users? Chrome's on a trajectory that could take it to the top. But prediction

s are dangerous, especially since the browsers that'll be competing then will be quite different from today's crop. Internet Explorer 9, still in beta, looks to be the first version of IE in eons that could be good enough to prompt some folks who abandoned IE ages ago to at least flirt with returning. And I really like the Firefox 4 beta -- in fact, it's my primary browser right now.

Of course, people who read sites such as TechCrunch and Technologizer are by definition more interested in technology than average folks. Among the populace at large, IE is still the most popular browser, Firefox is #2, and Chrome is still a pretty distant #3. Different research outfits report different numbers; here's a handy-dandy chart I swiped from Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia

So, which browser are you using and why?

This story, "Chrome Ascends in Browser Wars" was originally published by Technologizer.

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