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July 7, 2011

Google Chrome reaches 20% global market share for first time

Microsoft lost 15%, Firefox 2% in the last 12 months  

By CBR Staff Writer

Website analytics company StatCounter has revealed that Google’s Web browser Chrome crossed 20% of the worldwide Internet browser market during the month of June for the first time.

StatCounter Global Stats said that Chrome took 20.7% of the global market in June. The share grew from 2.8% in June 2009.

The losers were Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which lost its share from 59% to 44% globally, and Firefox, which dipped marginally from 30% to 28% during the same period.

Moreover, Chrome was the only prominent browser to show a steady climb in the past one year.

StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said it is a superb achievement by Google to go from under 3% two years ago to over 20% today.

Cullen added, "While Google has been highly effective in getting Chrome downloaded the real test is actual browser usage which our stats measure."

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In the UK, Chrome at 21.1% is close to Firefox at 21.7%. IE leads the UK market on 46.4%.

In the US, Chrome has risen to 16% behind market leader IE on 46.5% and Firefox on 24.7%.

Chrome has performed particularly well in South America where it overtook Firefox in April to become the number two browser. In June it reached 29.7%, ahead of Firefox’s 24.6% and behind IE at 44.1%, said StatCounter.

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