Chrome poised to take No. 2 browser spot from Firefox [Computerworld]
Google's Chome web browser, which was introduced in late 2008, has made significant strides in gaining users during the past year and is now poised to take over the title of second most popular browser in terms of market share before the end of the year. Numbers from Internet statistics firm StatCounter indicate that the number of Chrome users has grown 50 percent since the beginning of 2011, now encompassing 23.6 percent of web browser market share.
That compares to Mozilla Firefox's 26.8 percent share of the browser market, which has shed the largest numbers of users to Chrome. Firefox users have declined 13 percent since January 2011, while Microsoft Internet Explorer has shed 9 percent of its users. Most of these user losses were defections to Chrome.
Should Chrome continue its growth at the expense of Firefox and Internet Explorer, it is expected to become the web's second most used browser sometime in November or December. Internet Explorer, with its automatic integration in Windows, would remain the most-used browser, currently at 41.7 percent of users.