The Google Chrome Web browser's market share topped 11.5 percent in March, as it took a little share from Microsoft Internet Explorer, whose new IE 9 is impressing users.
Chrome Web browser garnered 11.5 percent market share through March, gaining at the expense of Microsoft Internet Explorer.
IE, far and
away the market leader with 15 years of legacy use behind it, commands 55.9
percent share but fell from last month's tally of 56.77 percent, according to
Firefox share ticked up slightly to 21.8 percent from 21.7 percent. Firefox has
struggled to return to the 25 percent mark since the advent of Chrome in
September 2008, but the company behind it just launched
a snappy Firefox 4 that holds promise.
browser also inched up, from 6.3 percent to 6.6 percent from the month before
as loyal Mac users hold steady.
percent through February
, which means the browser saw a solid bump last
month. Google said in December Chrome has more than 120 million users, but that
number is clearly higher now.
Chrome team is launching a new stable release every few weeks, and paying
people to squash bugs in the process. Google March 22 launched
Chrome 11 to its Chrome beta channel with support for the HTML5 speech input
new iteration cycle for Chrome, a stable build for Chrome 11 should launch next
week, or the week after at the latest.
Microsoft is cutting from the bottom and padding the top for IE. That is to
say, the company is phasing
out IE 6
IE 6 is rarely still used in the U.S. but commands a substantial portion of the
market in China (34.5 percent), South Korea (24.8 percent) and Japan (10.3
has changed significantly over the past 10 years," noted Microsoft
. "The browser has
evolved to adapt to new Web technologies, and the latest versions of Internet
Explorer help protect you from new attacks and threats."
Indeed, IE 9
is an estimable
to the latest, speedy Chrome and Firefox builds. IE 9 reached
3.6 percent usage share in March, Net Applications said.