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Chrome Market Share Powers Past Safari

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Chrome Market Share Powers Past Safari

Chrome is on the move...

According to web statistics expert Net Applications, this week it has leapt ahead of Safari to become the third most popular web browser. It follows Chrome's high profile launches on Mac and Linux and the roll-out of its much anticipated third party extensions.

Of course third place makes for a great sound bite, but in reality this amounts to just 4.4 per cent of the browser market to Safari's 4.37 per cent. By comparison Firefox has 24.7 per cent and Internet Explorer a still depressingly large lead of 63.6 per cent.

That said, it would be unfair to dismiss the trend here since the browser space tends to move in tiny increments thanks to over one billion PCs out there and it has taken Firefox five years to amass its near 25 per cent share. Notably Firefox also got a jump on the industry while IE6 was asleep at the wheel and the one year old Chrome enters during a thankfully much more competitive period.

In all in all I can't say I'm too surprised. After five years I have finally swapped from Firefox to make Chrome my default browser and a week on I can't say I'm regretting the choice. Chrome extensions (pictured), while still in their early days, are wonderfully fluid, installing and uninstalling without requiring a restart or impacting browser performance and recent functionality such as pinning tabs and Firefox-esque smart keywords have been crucial. All of which is without saying Chrome is by far the fastest browser on the market, both in terms of loading pages and opening and closing.

So I'm sold and it looks like 4.4 per cent of you are too and rising...


via Net Applications

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December 16, 2009, 11:29 am

It isn't remotely near as useful as Firefox with Add-Ons for me (Chormes Add-Ons are inadequate), and now I have a decent PC is barely quicker. I may try it in a year or so to see what they have come up with, but for now, it is still a poorly featured browser trying to sell itself on speed alone.

Plus I am getting increasingly worried that the Internet in 10 years time will be Google. I can see why Google would want that, but it will be terrible for the net as a whole.


December 16, 2009, 1:13 pm

You know it's starting to take hold when your wife - who has no interest at all in these things - unprompted announces that she uses chrome and likes it :)

As far as I can tell the majority of people I know dont use anything other than the basic browser - they like fast and simple and that's enough ... I know for sure it's enough to me

After 15 years of Microsoft cakking the shots I see a slight glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel - and it's got a chrome tint to it :)


December 16, 2009, 1:14 pm

FF FTW - with my extensions its probably as quick for me

Hamish Campbell

December 16, 2009, 1:25 pm

Actually at work I've switched from firefox to chrome. Tried it when chrome first came out and was quickly back but now I'm loving it. I use safari at home on my mac, it integrates really well visually and I find it quick and nice to use. But I'll look at firefox again at work when 3.6 is out, i figure most firefox/chrome users are like that.

(oh and good to see after logging in we now return to the comments section, lovely :) )


December 16, 2009, 1:48 pm

Chrome's Greasemonkey script support still isn't very functional yet. A lot of scripts still don't work right. And of course a lot of the Firefox addons (Property-bee for Rightmove!!) are not ported across to Chrome.

When these two things are addressed, which hopefully should be very soon, I'll be moving immediately.


December 16, 2009, 2:04 pm

The Omnibar is the greatest innovation to web browsing this side of the new year. It seems ridiculous to still have seperate search boxes on every other browser. Each time I use IE on uni computer, I make the mistake of using the address bar like the Omnibar and 90% of the time get to an error page.

Chrome isnt just selling itself on speed. You're forgetting stability, superb interface. Plus innovations built directly into the browser, such as automated bookmark sync, the omnibar obviously (feature turned into an addon for firefox).

Chrome has a lot going for it, it's just a shame Firefox doesn't have the resources to match the development of Chrome. I am all for competition, but Google Chrome in it's short lifespan has achieved so much, I can't see how Firefox will catch up. Even features it's taken from Chrome aren't implemented well. Try dragging tabs about. Very sluggish.


December 16, 2009, 3:07 pm

Until mouse gestures are customisable and properly implemented, I'm still with Firefox. I'm probably in the minority, but find this an essential part of the browsing experience.


December 16, 2009, 3:08 pm

@darkspark88: Dragging tabs isn't a Chrome innovation, FF has had it for ages. Works fine as well.


December 16, 2009, 3:29 pm

Oops, spoke to soon, Smooth Gestures isn't half bad.


December 16, 2009, 3:37 pm

@Ed- I meant into and out of new windows. It's awful with firefox.

Mark Horton

December 16, 2009, 3:50 pm

I've been using Chrome for well over a year now when it was first released and I'm very happy with it. Only going back to IE for my works webmail which doesn't display in Chrome, well until now with the IE extension. Works great.


December 16, 2009, 6:00 pm

Just reinstalled system and using chrome atm, with extensions it is better than I thought. If only all the extensions I use on ff (noscript is a big one) then I would switch until a better ff comes out.


December 16, 2009, 6:01 pm

of course TR will happy as I am seeing & clicking all those ads again... lol


December 16, 2009, 7:49 pm

Been using Chrome for ages now. Just for the general performance. Missed the FF extentions at first but just used to it now.

Google are starting to advertise it a lot too. There's a massive Chrome billboard at the end of the A40 Westway at Marylebone and they covered the Metro with a Chrome ad the other day.


December 16, 2009, 9:55 pm

I use chrome at home just for the record

But at college I'm forced to use IE7, up until very recently this was IE6!

I wonder what percentage of the market share Microsoft owe to such mentioned institutions where the actual users (students) have no choice over the browser they use as we're all on limited accounts and cannot install anything


December 17, 2009, 1:28 am

IE7 at work, ur lucky, were still using IE6, and i work for a top ftse100 company! i just use ff portable on a usb stick, can u get chrome portable yet?


December 17, 2009, 4:01 am

@boringg Yes you can get Chrome Portable since portableapps.com started including freeware as well as open source!


December 17, 2009, 4:26 pm

i've tried chrome, safari, ie, firefox and honestly can't tell if any one is faster than the other... as for security, perhaps since i'm just a regular user, i dont know if either is better than the others as well... but one thing for sure though chrome looks very unpolished (gmail too while at it.... google doesnt seem to pay much attention to aesthetics, google's wave looks better tho)


December 20, 2009, 12:43 pm

I am using Firefox for long.

I have installed Chrome. It seems to have imported my bookmarks and passwords correctly.

I have changed 2 settings, both required to restart Chrome (Chrome's default language, and switched off the option to send my browsing data to Google).

It loads up quickly, and webpages also load quickly.

I use heavily the following addons in Firefox, are there Chrome versions for these?

{I have omitted that are just Firefox improvements, as Fasterfox Lite, or Vacuum Places.}

Adblock Plus

Automatic Save Folder

Better Gmail 2


Easy YouTube Video Downloader

Google Shortcuts

Save Image in Folder

Smart Bookmarks Bar


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