Google has not slowed in trying to push Chrome as the new go-to browser in the face of Internet Explorer’s declining marketshare. Last month, it even launched Chrome for Android beta for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices. New statistics from analytics firm StatCounter (via TechCrunch) show Chrome actually surpassed Microsoft’s IE as the world’s most popular browser. Google was only able to grab lead marketshare from Microsoft for a day, however.

On March 18, thanks to increasing popularity abroad in many countries, such as India, Brazil, and Russia, Chrome was able to take the top spot from IE despite typically being third to IE and Firefox in the United States, China, and most other major markets. Unfortunately, the market lead was short-lived with IE quickly regaining its lead days after. StatCounter’s numbers take into account over 3 million websites and over 15 billion page views over a 30-day period. Also notable is the fact that Chrome’s increase in market share comes at the expense of IE. TechCrunch noted Chrome usage spikes on the weekends, which points to IE continuing to dominate in the workplace.

Go past the break for StatCounter’s data for the 30-day period ending March 20.

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3 Responses to “Chrome Overtakes Internet Explorer As World’s Most Popular Browser, For A Day”

  1. Adam says:

    Internet Explorer is the most fragmented browser not working across multiple Operating Systems even XP/Vista/Windows 7 etc and having backwards compatibility button not full support for CSS3 and HTML5.

    The internet needs a browser that works across multiple platforms and Chrome does this and looks good! Having tried Internet Explorer 10 on consumer preview of Windows 8 its going to continue to loose ground rapidly and rightly so!

  2. Jay says:

    IE dominates in the workplace only because enterprise IT systems don't want to support "alternative" browsers. At work, I only use IE when I absolutely have to. The bulk of my work applications are done on Firefox.

  3. Ron says:

    Given the fact that StatCounter does not understand Chrome's pre-renders – it is not likely to be true. It is just that Chrome issued more HTTP request, but was still not the most popular browser.