Is Chrome 15 the world’s most popular browser?

15 Dec 2011

For the first time, Google’s Chrome 15 has become the world’s most popular web browser, according to the latest figures in from StatCounter.

StatCounter Global Stats reports that in the last full week in November, Chrome 15 took 23.6pc of the worldwide market compared to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 at 23.5pc. 

If one aggregates all versions, then IE still leads the global market with Chrome in second position, having overtaken Firefox in November.

“Google announced Chrome for business exactly a year ago and IT administrators appear to have embraced it in a remarkably short time,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

“Looking at the daily stats, Chrome 14 and 15 have been overtaking IE8 at weekends since the beginning of October. However, Chrome 15 overtook IE8 for the first time during the five-day working week, in week commencing 5th December. It looks as if people favour Chrome on weekends at home but office commercial use has now caught up,” Cullen said.

IE8 most popular browser in US, while Chrome 15 most popular in UK

In the US, Internet Explorer 8 continues to be the most popular browser version, with 27.0pc for the week beginning 5 December compared to 18.1pc for Chrome 15.

However, in the UK, Chrome 15 overtook IE8 in the week commencing 7 November. Last week (commencing 5 December), Chrome 15 had 24.7pc in the UK compared to IE8 on 21.1pc.

StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected on a sample exceeding 15bn page views per month (4bn from the US) from the StatCounter network of more than 3m websites.

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