Google's Chrome Web browser topped 10.7 percent market share through January, up from 10 percent through December 2010. Safari grew as well, while IE 9 is performing better.
Chrome Web browser continued to grow through the first month of 2011, reaching
10.7 percent market share through January, up from 10 percent through December
Applications also noted
that Apple's Safari rose to 6.3 percent
from 5.9 percent over the same period. This is perhaps indicative of record sales
the computer maker posted for its
iPad tablet and Mac computers for the holiday quarter, which ended Dec. 31.
Firefox lost a smidgen of share, dipping from 22.81 percent to 22.75 percent
for the month. Microsoft's Internet Explorer meanwhile fell from 57 percent to
56 percent, largely from phasing out of the dated IE 6.
Applications also noted IE 8 gained 1.15 percent market share month to month
and that IE 9's beta has been downloaded 23 million times, to reach 0.5 percent
usage share worldwide.
already holds a 1.83 percent share on the Windows 7 OS, Microsoft proudly noted
on a corporate blog
growth continued to be the big story in the first month of 2011, as it's the
only browser that appears to be regularly gaining market share.
The browser finished
2010 just shy of the 10 percent mark,
notching 9.98 percent of browser market share through December in a year where
it started at 5.2 percent.
grown considerably since its September 2008 launch without the benefit of an
official platform on which to run. Google aims to get Chrome on notebooks running
its new Chrome OS from Samsung, Acer and
others by mid-2011.
Chrome OS is
the search engine's Web-based or cloud OS and the base platform for the Chrome
hoped to get Chrome OS machines to the public for the 2010 holiday season.
While the company failed in this regard, it did roll out
the Cr-48 test notebook Dec. 7.
reportedly ordered 60,000 Cr-48s for consumers and business users to test,
which could have helped Chrome's recent growth spurt.