October 1, 2011- Google’s Chrome will soon be behind only Internet Explorer by Microsoft as the web’s second-most popular browser. Chrome is on the verge of passing Firefox to take that second position. Analysts say before the end of December Chrome will surpass Firefox.
Chrome’s average globally is a share of 23.5% for September while Firefox is holding just a little over a three-point lead with 26.8%. Both are far behind Internet Explorer however, as the Microsoft browser holds nearly a 42% share.
Chrome has surged in its share during the last 10 months as it has increased by over 8% since the beginning of 2011. During that same timeframe, Firefox and Microsoft both dropped 4% each. If those same percentages follow suit during the near future, Chrome will be close to Firefox’s percentage in November and surpass Firefox during the month of December.
The companies that track browser share percentages all have somewhat different percentages. However, those that have Chrome with a lower percentage still have the Google browser surpassing Firefox by the middle of next year.
One company factors in the use of the massive Chinese market and has what many feel are more accurate numbers. Those numbers have Internet Explorer with over a 55% share while both Firefox and Chrome are much lower.