Chrome 15 Beats Out IE8 As World’s Most Popular Browser

By Ian PaulPCWorld    Dec 15, 2011 6:25 AM

Google Chrome 15 is the most popular web browser in the world overtaking Internet Explorer 8, according to web analytics firm StatCounter. Chrome 15 just barely beat out its Microsoft rival for the first time between November 21 and 27 with 23.63 percent of the global browser market share compared to IE8’s 23.5 percent. Mozilla’s Firefox 8 trailed behind at a distant third with 12.12 percent of worldwide usage during the same time period.

Chrome 15 Continues Global Surge

Chrome 15’s worldwide popularity doesn’t appear to be slowing since stepping ahead of IE8 in late November. Between the week of December 5 and 11 (StatCounter’s most recent numbers), Chrome 15 not only beat out IE8 overall but was also more popular during the regular workday. “Chrome 14 and 15 have been overtaking IE8 at weekends since the beginning of October,” StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said in a statement announcing the Chrome 15 findings. “It looks as if people [favored] Chrome on weekends at home, but office commercial use has now caught up.” Read more of this post