Are people finally seeing the light and realising there are other browsers beyond Internet Explorer (IE)?
Not for the first time, Google’s Chrome has become the most popular web browser.
In March 2012 I reported a very subtle change in browsers stats — Chrome briefly overtook IE; it was a mere 0.2% margin. IE inevitably slipped back into pole position, however in the last few days Chrome has again taken the lead, but this time it is a marked changed with Chrome commanding a very respectable 4.45% lead.
Most, if not all, web developers deplore IE for its clumsy implementation of web standards. A huge amounts of time can be wasted in coaxing an otherwise fully functional website to play well with IE. Of course the average users sees none of this, and why should they?
Since Google launched Chrome to the public in December 2008 it has seen a meteoric rise in popularity, especially when you consider IE has been around since 1995 and is shipped on every PC. In recent years Microsoft have finally realised that IE needs to become more compliant with standards. Since version 7 of IE there have been attempts to remedy the problems; 8 and 9 became slightly more improved and version 10 of IE is due to ship with Windows 8 late in 2012.
Firefox, Safari and Opera browsers remain unchanged at around 25%, 8% and 2% respectively.
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