Google Chrome Bounces Back with 7.5% Share

Google's Chrome Web browser rallied to 7.5 percent market share in August after sliding to 7.1 percent in July, according to Net Applications. IE, Firefox and Safari held the line.

Google's Chrome Web browser bounced back from a down July with a new high of 7.5 percent market share, according to the latest data from Net Applications.

Microsoft Internet Explorer continued to pace the market, with a 60.4 percent share, a dip from 60.7 percent in July.

Mozilla Firefox matched its July share with 22.9 percent, while Apple Safari crept up to 5.1 percent from 5 percent the prior month.

With its 7.5 percent share, Chrome boasted the biggest gain after slipping to 7.1 percent in July from 7.2 percent in June.

That's good news for a Web browser whose innovation pace Google is looking to pick up by accelerating times between builds.

Google earlier this month launched Chrome 6 to beta with autofill functionality and other features, some of them cosmetic.

The company is prepping the browser as the key portal point for netbooks based on Google's Chrome Operating System.

Chrome OS is a Web operating system geared to accelerate the boot process in computers. Users will access Web applications through the Chrome Web browser on Chrome OS machines, which will not have local storage.

Chrome OS netbooks are slated to reach retail shelves in the next couple of months in time for the holiday sales cycle.

It's also possible Chrome OS tablets are in the works after Apple successfully brought that form factor to the public's attention with the introduction of the iPad.