Chrome becomes top browser worldwide

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Google Chrome is number one

Chrome has surged past Internet Explorer (IE) to become the world's biggest browser for the first time.

Figures from StatCounter, an independent web analytics firm, show that Google overtook Microsoft on the day of Sunday, 18 March 2012. The research is based on traffic to StatCounter's network of more than 3 million sites worldwide.

Top spot in Brazil, Russia and India

Google Chrome benefited from securing the number one spot for browsers in several rapidly growing web economies, including Brazil, Russia and India. However, it has still not unseated its main rivals, Microsoft's IE and Mozilla's Firefox, in relatively mature markets like Germany and the US. And while StatCounter did not disclose UK results, separate studies have repeatedly indicated that IE is still top here.

Aodhan Cullen, chief executive officer at StatCounter, described the figures as a 'milestone' and highlighted the significance of it occurring on a Sunday. He explained: "Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable. At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE."

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword, commented: "The global swing away from IE and towards Chrome is unmistakable. While it may take time for Chrome to claim top spot in the UK, the fact that it is performing so well in fast-growing economies like Brazil and India bodes well for the future."