Google Chrome used for fifth of all Web browsing, Internet Explorer in decline

Google's Chrome browser is now used for just over 20 per cent of global Web surfing, according to Internet analytics company StatCounter. Microsoft's Internet Explorer, meanwhile, is in decline.

Google's Chrome browser is now used for just over 20 per cent of global Web surfing, according to Internet analytics company StatCounter. Microsoft's Internet Explorer, meanwhile, is in decline.

In June 2009, Chrome was used for just 2.8 per cent of the world's Web surfing, so the latest figures indicate an impressive rise in usage. Over the same period, IE saw a decline in global surfing share from 59 per cent to 49 per cent.

In the UK, Chrome is now almost neck and neck with Firefox, with the two browsers being used for 21.1 and 21.7 per cent of all British browsing respectively.

StatCounter counts page impressions, judging a browser's popularity based on how much actual Web surfing is done with it. NetMarketShare, on the other hand, counts how many people are using each browser. 

NetMarketShare reckons Chrome is the browser of choice for 13.1 per cent of total Web users, and also suggests IE's popularity is on the wane, with 53.7 per cent of surfers using it in June this year, compared to 60.5 per cent in August 2010.

Taken together, the figures mean a minority of surfers use Chrome but that minority is doing a whole lot of browsing. In short, the figures suggest that Chrome is the favoured software among power users or, as we prefer to call them, massive dorks.

Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser by some distance, although this is largely because it comes pre-installed on new PCs, and most people will never bother to download a different one.

What's your favourite browser? Do you like to pretend that, when you fire it up, you're climbing inside it like a Megazord and doing battle with other browsers? No? Just us? Alright then. Prepare to defend your favourites in the comments section below, or on our Facebook wall.

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