Chrome surpasses 10 per cent browser market share


Google Chrome has taken 10 per cent of the browser market for the first time.

So claims data from Net Applications, which showed the Google browser's market share increased by 0.72 per cent in January, giving it an overall share of 10.7 per cent.

Chrome has been growing solidly for some time now, having been on 5.2 per cent in January 2010.

Version 7.0 of the browser achieved the second largest monthly usage share gain in Net Applications tracking history last November.

Internet Explorer 8 saw some decent improvement as well, gaining 1.18 per cent gain, although overall Microsoft's Internet Explorer saw its share slide by one percentage point to 56 per cent.

IE9, the latest iteration of the Microsoft browser due for a release candidate launch in the coming weeks, saw its beta version win 0.5 per cent of users.

Firefox did not have such a great month, with a drop to 22.75 per cent.

Mozilla will be hoping to turn this decline around with the launch of Firefox 4, which should be officially release by the end of the month.

The browser wars have certainly been ramping up of late.

Google recently trumped Mozilla by introducing a feature into the Chrome browser letting users opt-out of ad tracking cookies, hot on the heels of the latter only proposing the idea.

Tom Brewster

Tom Brewster is currently an associate editor at Forbes and an award-winning journalist who covers cyber security, surveillance, and privacy. Starting his career at ITPro as a staff writer and working up to a senior staff writer role, Tom has been covering the tech industry for more than ten years and is considered one of the leading journalists in his specialism.

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