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    1. Mon, 09 Jul 2012
      Web analytics company StatCounter highlights evolving global browser landscape in new video
    2. Mon, 18 Jun 2012
      [Note] An Open Letter to Roger Capriotti, Microsoft
    3. Fri, 01 Jun 2012
      Independent web analytics firm StatCounter confirms milestone as Chrome overtakes IE globally for first calendar month
      Language: EN | ES
    4. Wed, 30 May 2012
      [Note] Response to articles on certain Spanish websites 28th & 29th May
      Language: EN | ES
    5. Tue, 08 May 2012
      IE9 bucks the trend of older Microsoft browsers at weekends
    6. Wed, 11 Apr 2012
      Screen Resolution Alert for Web Developers
    7. Wed, 21 Mar 2012
      Chrome is world's number one browser for a day
    8. Mon, 06 Feb 2012
      Mobile internet usage is doubling year on year
    9. Thu, 15 Dec 2011
      Chrome 15 Becomes World's Most Popular Browser
    10. Thu, 01 Dec 2011
      Chrome Overtakes Firefox Globally for First Time
    11. Tue, 01 Nov 2011
      Windows 7 overtakes XP globally for first time in October
    12. Mon, 01 Aug 2011
      Chrome Overtakes Firefox for UK Number Two Browser Spot in July
    13. Fri, 01 Jul 2011
      Chrome Breaks 20% Globally in June
    14. Wed, 01 Jun 2011
      Firefox 4 Becomes Leading Firefox Version
    15. Wed, 23 Mar 2011
      Firefox 4 Hits the Ground Running and Eclipses Internet Explorer 9
    16. Tue, 08 Mar 2011
      Android overtakes BlackBerry for first time
    17. Tue, 01 Mar 2011
      Bing overtakes Yahoo! globally for first time
    18. Tue, 04 Jan 2011
      Firefox overtakes Internet Explorer in Europe in browser wars
    19. Wed, 01 Dec 2010
      BlackBerry overtakes Apple in Mobile Wars
    20. Tue, 05 Oct 2010
      Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser falls below 50% of worldwide market for first time
    21. Wed, 01 Sep 2010
      Windows 7 Jumps Ahead of Vista Globally for First Time
    22. Tue, 31 Aug 2010
      Redd Monday for Digg
    23. Mon, 28 Jun 2010
      Chrome overtakes Safari for first time to claim third place in US Internet browser market
    24. Tue, 01 Jun 2010
      IE6 Falls Below 5% for First Time in US and Europe
    25. Thu, 22 Apr 2010
      Twitter Generates Almost One in Ten Social Media Hits to Websites
    26. Wed, 13 Jan 2010
      Google Gained Market Share in China in Last Six Months
    27. Tue, 03 Nov 2009
      Encouraging Start for Windows 7
    28. Mon, 02 Nov 2009
      Bing US Market Share Stabilises but Yahoo! Continues Fall
    29. Thu, 01 Oct 2009
      Bing Records First Monthly Decline Since Launch
    30. Tue, 01 Sep 2009
      Bing Slows in Race against Google
    31. Mon, 03 Aug 2009
      Bing Gains Another 1% of Search Market
    32. Fri, 10 Jul 2009
      Bing Overtakes Yahoo! for Second Time
    33. Thu, 02 Jul 2009
      Firefox 3.5 Fast Out of Blocks
    34. Wed, 01 Jul 2009
      Bing Gains 1% of Search Market for Microsoft
    35. Thu, 11 Jun 2009
      Bing Takes Market Share Despite Falling Behind Yahoo!
    36. Fri, 05 Jun 2009
      Bing Overtakes Yahoo!
    37. Tue, 02 Jun 2009
      Opera Retakes Leadership from iPhone in Mobile Browser Market
    38. Tue, 31 Mar 2009
      Firefox 3.0 Becomes Most Popular Web Browser in Europe for First Time
    39. Mon, 23 Mar 2009
      Vista Breaks Through 30% U.S. Market Share
    40. Fri, 20 Mar 2009
      Microsoft IE 8 Launch 'Underwhelms'
    41. Wed, 04 Mar 2009
      Firefox 3 Gains Ground on Microsoft Internet Explorer in Internet Browser Wars
    42. Tue, 03 Mar 2009
      iPhone Takes Global Lead in Mobile Browser Wars - StatCounter Research
    43. Tue, 03 Mar 2009
      StatCounter Launches Free Global Stats Tool
    44. Wed, 03 Sep 2008
      Chrome Grabs 1% of Global Browser Market in First Day
    45. Thu, 31 Jul 2008
      Statcounter Research Shows New Search Engine Cuil is One to Watch
    46. Thu, 19 Jun 2008
      Stout Performance by Firefox 3 Confirmed by StatCounter
    47. Tue, 18 Mar 2008
      iPhone Increases Market Share in Mobile Browser Wars
    English | Spanish

    Independent web analytics firm StatCounter confirms milestone as Chrome overtakes IE globally for first calendar month

    • “Browser wars back with a vengeance”

    Boston, USA & Dublin, Ireland; Friday 1st June, 2012: After weeks of speculation, Google's Chrome has unseated Microsoft Internet Explorer to become the world's top internet browser for the first time for a full calendar month in May, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company. The firm's research arm StatCounter Global Stats says that Chrome surpassed IE for the first full day back in March and the achievement of the weekly milestone was widely reported on 21 May.

    For the full month of May according to StatCounter data from over 15 billion page views, Chrome took 32.43% of the worldwide market compared to 32.12% for IE and 25.55% for Firefox.

    StatCounter says that a battle royal has broken out between Chrome, IE and Firefox. “While attention has recently been focused on the battle between Chrome and IE, not-for-profit Mozilla's Firefox with its loyal membership base should not be underestimated,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. He points out that an upswing of over 0.6% in Firefox usage from April to May 2012 (apparently at the expense of IE) helped to push Chrome into pole position.

    “The browser wars are back with a vengeance,” he added. “This time there are three major players competing for the top spot but, ultimately, the real winner will be the end user who can look forward to more choice and innovation as a result of this increased competition.”

    In a stunning display of growth, Chrome has gone from zero to market leader on a worldwide basis in less than four years. That said, while IE has ceded the top spot to Chrome for May 2012, Microsoft's newest browser version (IE9) is performing well and Firefox is holding its own.

    In the US, IE remains the dominant browser. IE is similarly dominant in the UK.

    StatCounter Global Stats has recently launched a new map feature which clearly illustrates the increasing global usage of Chrome. The increase is particularly evident when mapped data from May 2011 and May 2012 is compared – both IE and Firefox cede a significant number of countries to Chrome over the period.



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    Notes to Editors:

    Sample Size

    Stats are based on over 15 billion page views per month recorded across over 3 million websites. We are not aware of any publicly available stats with a larger sample size.

    Browser Usage Stats based on Page Views

    To accurately measure browser usage, we base our stats on page views (and not unique visitors). This means we take account of how frequently browsers are used and we also track multi-browser usage by individuals. Click to view a video explanation.

    Google Chrome Prerendering

    From 1 May 2012, prerendered pages in Google Chrome (which are not actually viewed) are not included in our stats. Statistics prior to this date have not been revised. Note that this change has not had any discernible impact on our browser stats. This is due to our use of page views to track browser usage - page views are less susceptible to influence by prerendering than unique visitors.

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