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It's been a long time coming. Chrome looks about to pass IE in browser share. I love competition in the computer industry. It keeps everyone honest.
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And thanks to the competition, IE9 is a fantastic browser.
 
What's hiding in those numbers is a (frustrating) number of ancient IE installs. The constituency of most non-IE browsers is up-to-date or near to it, whereas less than half of those IE users are on the latest version.

Competition only matters in a marketplace where users are buying replacement goods.
 
StatCounter tells me that Chrome is the most popular browser here in India. But a decent margin. Makes me happy.
 
+Alex Russell I beg to disagree on the "Competiotion only..." remark. IE9 had to be improved to keep up with the competition. Heck, I even saw an Ad for it!
 
Sad that +Opera is still in the lower numbers, as they are the real, open competition (just as the Foxy thing). Hope that the "Other" category includes Opera Mini / Mobile, so it would add few % :-)
 
+Vishnu Suresh I think perhaps I wasn't clear enough. IE 9 was a huge step up, and IE 10 will be to. What matters to web developers, however, is how much of the market has those new browsers. For non-IE users, that's nearly everybody. For IE users, it's less than half. That's what I mean about competition; that we've been able to affect the next versions of every browser with Chrome has been fantastic, but the benefits have gone disproportionately to Chrome, Firefox, and Opera users. Most IE users haven't benefited.
 
What's also quite stunning is where the IEs linger. During the week, IE usage is high, on the weekends Chrome and Safari have bumps. That means that companies stick to IE, whereas Chrome and Safari are used on peoples private PCs.
 
+Michael Conradt well the main reason is that a lot of proprietary corporate "webapps" were optimized for IE5.5 (best case IE6) and therefore are completely broken in any sane browser (even the new explorers unless they are running in quirks mode)
 
Stats seem to be different depending who you listen too. I did a quick check on a sample UK ecom site with approx 20K hits and have:


IE - 35%
Safari - 27%
Chrome - 20%
Firefox - 10%
Android Browser - 5%

Fairly static over last few months with IE dropping a couple of % points at the expense of FF and Chrome. Interestingly Mobile is continuing to climb with a 30% increase in traffic from mobiles, although 75% are still coming from iPhones and iPads (inflating the Safari figure). Big jump in iPad visits continues with 34% increase helping the mobile traffic climb to 25% of total traffic.
 
chrome all the way...................
 
Interesting, the squiggly lines would seen to suggest that 10-15% of IE users only use IE during the week (probably because they have to at work) then switch to Chrome or Safari on the weekend.
 
+Patrick Blanchenay Microsoft could embed a WebKit engine tomorrow, with an option to revert to the old Trident if necessary. They won't do it, because for them it would mean to relinquish that little control over web standards that they still enjoy; keeping Trident, with all its quirks, is strategic to keep standard-writers in check.
+Arek Bekiersz Opera is as open as IE, which means "not much". Chrome and Firefox are fundamentally open-source, Opera is still a binary blob. Worse: on mobile, it even requires Opera's own servers. They survive thanks to their offers for low-end mobile, but I fear they'll end up being another Nokia if they don't improve.
 
I see those future headlines:
"Chrome is the new IE!"
 
Love the spiking on the weekends, that's phenomenal.

I use Chrome for everything now, but miss Firefox. Still, each time I try it, there is something clunky about it now that I've gotten used to Chrome. Google got one thing right: The browser should be like a window - no one wants to notice the window itself, they want to see the world outside. Chrome is so out of my way, I just notice what I'm doing on the web. That's the model all browsers should follow.
 
+Jacob Markussen Simple, weekends. Many people are forced to use IE at work, but they use chrome during their free time.
What's impressing is that Firefox's share is constant, while I thought it would have a spike during the WE too.
 
+Jacob Markussen It was mentioned by +Nat Noordanus That it's likely people using IE in the week and Chrome on the weekend, it makes an interesting looking graph thats for sure.
 
I agree +Giacomo Lacava, but I've read recently Opera kept poking Google to better follow open standards in G+, so to allow browsers other than Chrome to work properly with the site. They ultimately succeeded.

Gosh, difficult to tell who's good & who's bad these times. I'm just glad I can still browse from different mobiles (including iPhone) with Opera Mini. After sad demise of Bolt it's actually the only decent mobile browser there.

Plus Opera manages to have a decent sync service (favs, history, notes). Sorry but it's the only company that manages any sort of open-standards syncing nowadays. Another one is Google, that thanks God preserves SyncML (however it has only Contacts sync and spectacularly fails at importing more than 2000 items to Google Bookmarks). The rest (MS Live, Firefox Sync, ...) is a non-UTF compliant, buggy piece of junk.
 
I love how visible the weekend/weekday difference is. Clearly, many people use IE6 simply because they have to, whereas Chrome is mostly a home OS. Firefox is equally popular at home and in the workplace. What surprises me is that Safari is more popular at home than at work. Macs are very popular with programmers, designers and other professionals. Or could it be they're all Macbooks and they take them home for the weekend?
 
Who would have thought just a couple of years ago, still good to see there now are options.
 
Webkit is becoming the new Trident. Way too many web sites/apps are Webkit only. I do not like the trend.
 
+Martijn Vos don't forget Safari is inbuilt into iOS. Now there are really many iPhones used personally up there...
 
+Martijn Vos you overestimate the population of developers (tiny, tiny minority of workers) and underestimate the one of tablet/iPhone users.
 
+Arek Bekiersz I don't like the good vs bad arguments, they're all businesses at the end of the day :) (even Mozilla, for the most part). I agree that Opera have been strong champions for open standards, which is not surprising: interoperability is necessary to their survival, in an environment where their differentiator is not strong enough to command a large market share. They are a fantastic company, punching well above their weight in a business dominated by giants (they're up against the dominant OS maker, the dominant Mobile maker, the dominant Web company, the entire Open-Source world...); what scares me is that they've survived by finding a niche (internet-enabled low-end mobile) that might as well not be there in a few years, and I'd be sad to see them go the way of their Nokia neighbours.
 
Competition hardly keeps people honest.
 
The competition is good only in primitive old economics, where some criminal persons manages the evolution of all IT. They's time are ending. Next generation of the browser will be something as firefox in the startintg period without commercial interest
 
Chromium..cant..coz its not much into the consumer screens :) I wonder how many actually know that a open browser big brother of chrome exist!
 
opera is cool,both in speed and utilitizes!!it has got a lot of features like opera mail,opera unite and more!!!!
 
+Rakesh kumar yep, u probably right but that's too bad because Chromium does not deserve it, it's really a nice browser :)
I think it would be worth telling people the truth about Chrome and Chromium :)
 
Interesting pattern. So people are browsing from Chrome on the weekends and IE during the workweek? And slowly switching their home browser to Chrome? That's how I read this.
 
Shelley's "Ozymandias" comes to mind. Even the greatest empires crumble…

So between Safari and Chrome, given they share a rendering engine, IE is already in second place.
 
Oh, how I can't wait! I'm not sure how serious my coworker is, but we're thinking of installing Chrome on all the public facing computers. We'll probably have to rename the icon "Internet" though so people know what to click.
 
I find it interesting how their lines are practically mirror images.
 
You'd think people smart enough to use Chrome at home would be smart enough to not get stuck in a job where they don't even have the freedom to choose their own browser.

Or at least smart enough to know how to run it off a usb drive.

On second look, I don't think it's the same people. The IE trend during the week is probably people who only use the Internet at work, and the Chrome spike on the weekend represents those of us that live on the Internet and simply have more free time on the weekend.
 
+Cory Schmunsler, yeah, these years of zero unemployment have been a godsend. Nobody is forced to work at a job that doesn't suit them perfectly.

Idiot.
 
+Cory Schmunsler That is an unbelievably ignorant comment. Oh, you're a student. Never mind then, your soul has yet to be crushed by reality.
 
First thing most users do when they get the computer attached to the internet is use explorer to download chrome or firefox. IE9 is very agressive about toolbars, which I hate.
 
+Steven Demonnin If they can. Centrally-managed systems (libraries, labs, workplaces) don't always allow that.
 
True that. I worked in a bank with 12000 employees, all using explorer and no downloads of any kind of software allowed. But big institutions are looking at the issue the same way individuals do. That bank catches a software bug because of IE, that is 12000 users who change from IE to chrome in a heartbeat.
 
+paul beard and many of them have disabled their systems' USB ports as well.
+Steven Demonnin, does Chrome allow custom deployment and centralized administration the way IE does? I've been told that that's Firefox's downfall -- the IT department can't control it so they don't permit it.
 
Does anyone have any insight into the cyclical nature of the ie and Chrome trend lines - I would thought that with such large users bases that such steep changes would be highly unlikely
 
+David Wise On the weekends people are free to choose their browser. They're forced to use IE because of corporate policy, etc..
 
Ah! should have realised myself as I am in the electricity industry and we see the same peak load pattern - weekday/weekend loads reflecting commercial use
 
Several of my techie friends who were early adopters of Chrome have since abandoned it, saying that used to be great but has become a real memory hog.  YMMV of course. 
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