Home users prefer Chrome over IE, but IE9 is fighting back

8 May 2012

If Chrome is peaking at the weekends at the expense of Microsoft Internet Explorer then it appears consumers prefer Chrome. However, new research from StatCounter reveals as IE6, IE7 and IE8 decline at the weekends, Internet Explorer 9 spikes.

According to StatCounter’s data, IE9 usage peaks at the weekends while total Internet Explorer usage dips.

“We have previously noted that Google’s Chrome peaks at the weekend at the expense of IE,” StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen explained.

“This seems to suggest that many home (as opposed to business) users prefer Chrome to IE. However, having drilled down further into our data, we have released a new statistic which allows the comparison of Chrome (all versions combined) with the individual versions of other browsers.

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“This shows that while IE6, 7 and 8 usage falls off at the weekend, IE9 spikes. This indicates that IE9 is bucking the trend of previous IE versions and is gaining home user traction,” Cullen added.

The weekend trend towards both Chrome and IE9 peaking is repeated across US and UK users.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years

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