Google's Chrome browser is just pushing three and a half years old but already it's surpassed Internet Explorer, which has been around since 1995. According to StatCounter, Google's Chrome browser now accounts for nearly 33 percent of the market, while Internet Explorer sits just behind at a smidgen under 32 percent.
StatCounter has just released figures for Week 20 of 2012. The site puts Google's Chrome browser at precisely 32.76 percent market share. This is just a hair ahead of Internet Explorer's 31.94 percent. The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox appears at number three with 25.47 percent. Rounding out the top five are Apple's Safari (7.08 percent) and Opera (1.76 percent).
If you were to look at the same numbers from the same week in 2011, you'd get quite a different picture. Internet Explorer sat in first place, miles ahead of its closest competitor, Firefox. It's market share for Week 20, 2011, was a whopping 43.95 percent. Firefox had 28.18 percent. Google Chrome was in third place with 19.37 percent. This represents significant market share loss for IE, which fell just over 12 percent, while Firefox also fell, losing 2.71 percent compared to last year. The only browser to make it through the year unharmed was Safari, which grew from 5.04 percent to 7.08 percent. Opera fell from 1.83 percent to 1.76 percent.