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Chrome overtakes Firefox in global usage

Browser usage stats show Chrome passes Firefox, Microsoft still leader

Chrome overtakes Firefox in global usage
Google Chrome had already passed Firefox in the UAE and Saudi in December 2010.

Google's Chrome browser passed Mozilla's Firefox in number of users worldwide for the first time ever in November.

According to figures from StatCounter, which track a sample of 15 billion page views per month on 3 million websites, Chrome now accounts for 25.69% of traffic versus Firefos's 25.23%.

Microsoft is still the leader in the browser market, with Internet Explorer showing 40.63% of the market, but that is down 7.5% from November 2010.

Apple's Safari browser is fourth most popular, with 5.92% share, while Opera has just 1.82% of the market.

"We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "Our stats measure actual browser usage, not downloads, so while Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads our stats show that people are actually using it to access the web also."

In the UAE, Chrome passed Firefox in December 2010, and today has 27.51% of the market, versus IE 49.49% and Firefox with 15.61%. Chrome also passed Firefox in Saudi Arabia last December, and now accounts for 28.25% of Saudi browsers, compared to 48.27% of the total for IE and 16.2% for Firefox.

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