In September 2008 Google’s Chrome browser was a measly 3.1% according to w3schools.com, but in a mere three years Chrome has managed to surpass Internet Explorer and Firefox in browser usage. As of April 2012, Chrome’s usage was 38.3%, followed by Firefox with 35.8% and 18.3% from IE.
In September 2008 Google’s Chrome browser usage was a measly 3.1% according to w3schools.com, but in a mere three years Chrome has managed to surpass Internet Explorer and Firefox in browser usage. As of April 2012, Chrome’s usage was 38.3%, followed by Firefox with 35.8% and 18.3% from IE.
In Chrome’s early days, IE owned the majority of the browser usage, but somehow Microsoft managed to mess things up. Firefox stepped in and took the reign of browser king up until March 2012 when finally Chrome caught up and took over the crown.
By February 2012, Chrome and Firefox were locked in a heated battle for browser supremacy. At the time Chrome owned 36.3%, while Firefox claimed 36.6%. Within just a few months, Chrome stepped in and secured first place and left many wondering which other niches can Google dominate on the internet? With the exception of Google+, Google’s answer for Facebook, Google has practically taken over the internet. Just about anything related to the internet or telephony involves the Google brand.
Personally, I am a user of Chrome, and Firefox. Chrome is more user friendly in the sense that users can launch the browser and have a joyous experience without the hassle of configuring the browser itself. However, when it comes to browser customization, I still believe Firefox has the upper hand. For instance, if I wanted to browse privately through a proxy I would have to set the proxy through Windows and not directly into the Chrome browser. With Firefox, however, all I have to do is install a proxy plugin and I can enter the proxy directly into the browser setting.
The customization of the Firefox browser seems to be unlimited, but it is quite understandable why Chrome has overtaken Firefox as the more popular browser. There aren’t that many ‘browser-geeks’ out there, and since most of the world browse the internet it is only safe to assume that people want a browser that works well right off the bat.
In any case, Chrome has definitely won users over with its ease of use as well as speedy loading time. Until Google stumbles and repeat Microsoft’s mistake of creating debacle browsers like IE7 & 8, we probably won’t see the reign of Chrome come to an end anytime soon.