04 May 2016

DIGITAL - Google Chrome Now Top Web Browser

Computerworld recently reported that Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) lost the number one web browser spot for the first time in its 21 year history and Google Chrome took over.

Data from U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications showed a 2 percentage point drop in April, the fifth straight month with a loss greater than a point for IE.

IE ended the month with 41.4% of the total global browser user share while Chrome climbed 2.6 percentage points to take the lead with 41.7%.

Many believe IE’s decline began when they forced users to upgrade to a newer version if they wanted to continue to receive security patches. Since that announcement, IE lost 17.1 percentage points of user share.

Mozilla Firefox’s global user share also dropped - to below 10% for the first time since 2006.

There had been a number of predictions about the rise of Google Chrome so taking the number one spot was not a complete surprise, other than it happening a bit sooner than some anticipated.


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