Chrome Market Share Rises Above 10 Percent

By Craig Buckler
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Chrome 6 was released this week but there’s some more important news for web designers and developers. According to StatCounter’s statistics, Google’s browser recorded a 10.76% market share during August 2010. This was an increase from 9.88% in the previous month.

A 0.9% rise may not sound much, but it accounts for millions of users and is an important milestone for the 2 year-old browser. In last month’s article, Current Browser Market Shares and Trends, I reported that double figures would be achieved soon but uptake appears to have accelerated.

It’s important to note that browser usage figures are never accurate and naturally fluctuate, but Chrome’s growth has never deviated from its upward path.

Browser July 2010 August 2010 Change
IE 52.69% 51.34% -1.35%
Firefox 30.69% 31.09% +0.40%
Chrome 9.88% 10.76% +0.88%
Safari 4.09% 4.23% +0.14%
Opera 1.91% 1.88% -0.03%
Others 0.74% 0.70% -0.04%

Chrome’s gain has been at IE’s expense. That’s not surprising, but IE usage had remained fairly static — if not increased slightly — during previous months. August shows the biggest monthly drop in IE’s market share for a year.

The figures will please Google but it has a long way to go before Chrome starts to challenge IE and Firefox. However, the company has been aggressively advertising the browser and few people would bet against it.

Could we see a 3-way tie at the top of the browser charts?

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  • NetNerd85

    “Chrome’s gain has been at IE’s expense”, I doubt it, more likely because FireFox has become a slow dog of a program.

    • Look at the numbers in the table. Chrome and Firefox’s total usage grew by the same amount IE dropped.

      • Nicholas

        It is naive to assume that all of the loss to IE went to Chrome just because the numbers lost and gained are equal. In fact, it is more probable that the loss to IE went to both chrome and Firefox, and that Firefox lost to Chrome. And the reason given above is a valid one – it has become a slow dog of a programme, and it will get eaten up by Chrome just as soon as the user can retain most of what they are used to in Firefox by switching to Chrome. In fact, the trend over time will see Firefox declining as Chrome matures.

      • Er, OK, you’ve got me … why is your theory “more probable” than any other? If your assumption is correct, new Firefox users are adopting the browser at a faster rate than those switching to Chrome?

        In addition, if speed is the main reason for switching browser, Chrome’s market share will begin to drop as people move to the faster IE9.

  • Chrome has be out for a few years now, and Opera has been out for ages. Yeah, I think Opera needs to change tactics here, their recent anti-trust case and ballot screen doesn’t seem to be working for them.

  • Wow!

  • anders.n.hansen

    It always make me kind of sad to see Operas low market share. The browser deserves a much higher share in my opinion. Anyone who has a good explanation why it is like this?

    • I agree. I’ve regularly questioned Opera’s low market share but it’s difficult to determine the reasons. Google has a bigger marketing clout, but I’d hope most people in IT had heard of Opera.

      I’m going to write another post about it … stay tuned!

    • Nicholas

      Extended functionality… Firefox has it in abundance, Chrome is catching up.

  • davidcroda

    I have to agree with NetNerd. As long as chrome keeps opening in milliseconds and firefox takes around 5-6 to load I will never look back.

    With the exception of when I need firebug of course. I wish firebug would just make their own browser.

    • Arkh

      Then people will start using SSD which makes firefox start in ms again. HDD are so 2 years ago.

  • I like your stats. Usually these things are reported as:

    IE8: 26%
    Firefox: 31%

    Wow, Firefox more popular than IE!

    Thanks Craig.

    • Thanks ferrari_chris.

      The table shows the totals for all browser versions. In IE’s case, versions 6, 7 and 8 account for the vast majority of users, but there will be the odd (very odd?!) v5.5 or 5.0 user.

      As of August 2010, IE8 is the world’s most-used browser with a 29.4% share. Firefox 3.6 is in second place with 23.4%. IE7 is third with 13.9%.

  • JHig310336

    Opera is a great browser but it reminds me of Netscape during it’s browser war. Towards the end of its life, Netscape was a wonderful browser but there was never innovation with it. With MS IE holding an OS monopoly, if Netscape would have been a bit more innovative and cutting edge it would have beaten IE by 10 folds.

    This is what I see with Opera. I’ve used Opera for over 10 years and back then it was a very streamline browser. Fast w/ simple interface design. Along the years the design became clunky and overdone. Opera was innovative because it was the first browser that introduced ‘tab’ browsing. But over the years the innovation has stopped. UI gets worst and worst with every new minor version release. I’ve never seen a browser developer changes UI design with EVERY new minor version release.

    Opera’s innovation has stopped. Tabbed browsing set the standard but what have they done in the past 5 years? Opera was the first to introduce Speed Dial. Nothing new has really been introduced other than attempting to get users to signup for in some way. While other browser developers are developing better browsers with wonderful browsing tools, Opera is focusing on signing its users up for blogging privileges. Other browser have useful extensions and apps … where is Opera extensions? I’ve seen their Widgets. Opera Widget are no where near Chrome and Firefox extension.

    When Google came along with Chrome, I downloaded it as a test bed and ended up liking it sooooo much I deleted all other browser. Simplicity, usability, compliant, fast, and useful tool set (extensions) is where Chrome shines against all other browsers. This is what Opera was is suppose to be. So what happened?

    Chrome get just a little bit better with every new version and is consistent with every new release. Chrome isn’t perfect but against it current competition of Opera, IE, and Firefox it can’t be touched.

    • happybuttha

      u have the point, but u missed the small one: Opera IS REALLY Netscape. like an upgrade or else.

  • bapu_prabir

    I will like to see Google toolbar integration with Chrome…. missing my google bookmarks, have to open google home page to access my bookmarks…

  • Sphamandla

    Yes I think we could see a tie between the three but I suspect that chrome will get most of its user from IE compared to Firefox. One of the few reasons why Firefox users would migrate to chrome is simply because chrome appears to be much faster then Firefox. As for the IE users they will simply move in expectancy of better browsing experience and better support provided by the browser(chrome)

  • KiwiJohn

    On reason for Chrome taking share from IE could be the “A faster way to browse the web. Install Google Chrome” button that appears on the Google search page for IE users.