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Reports of Chrome's Success Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

9:37 pm on Dec 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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There's a report that Chrome 15 has overtaken IE 8 [technolog.msnbc.msn.com]. While the report acknowledges that IE in aggregate still outpaces Chrome versions, I still don't believe that Chrome is anywhere close to being number one. There was a report just recently that Chrome was about to topple FireFox [webmasterworld.com] and now this so-called piece of journalism is crowing that Chrome leapfrogged both IE 8 and Firefox? Give me a break.

Chrome 15 beat IE 8, specifically, this one week at the end of November, with 23.6 percent of the worldwide market, compared to IE 8's at 23.5 percent. With all the versions of IE floating around, IE is still No. 1 in the world, but Chrome is right behind it.

Ireland-based StatCounter... released a statement about Chrome 15's ascension, humbling the initial enthusiasm of any Google devotee when it also made it clear that in the U.S., reports of IE's demise are still premature. According to StatCounter, It was still able to capture 27 percent of browser action last week, compared to 18.1 percent for Chrome 15.

Has Google's PR department jumped a shark or is the author dangling link bait? This isn't news, it's commercial propaganda reminiscent of the steady drumbeat in the press for Ask Jeeves' prior to being sold to IAC. Regardless of whether Google's PR department is behind this or if it's just a case of sloppy reporting, the truth keeps getting stretched and stretched to the point at which the claims cross over into what we normally refer to as lies.

I'm seeing IE 8 at 20% and Chrome 15 at 9%. Chrome visitors to my site aren't even at 50% of IE 8 visitors.

Where is Chrome 15 relative to IE 8 on your site? Is there any truth to the claims?
12:42 am on Dec 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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On one of my sites, for the past 30 days, I see Chrome at EXACTLY the same percentage as IE, at 28.53%.

On another site, though, it's at only 7.62% in 4th place (oddly, Safari is #1 on that site).

The "problem" (if you want to call it that) is that migration from IE8 to IE9 is much slower, so IE8 usage continues to decline slowly but steadily, while IE9 usage increases much more slowly than Chrome users, who update to the newest version automatically. I don't think it's all that far fetched that Chrome will be the number 1 individual browser version in the near future, though IE will still hold the title for aggregate browser versions. Here's some other charts that show the trends:
2:03 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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according to those recent numbers the ones from December seems completely out of whack...


IE 53.8%
FF 20.6%
Chrome 18.6%
Safari 5.1%
Opera 1.6%
3:56 pm on Apr 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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On my main site I have IE9 22%, IE8 16%, Chrome 17 14%.
On another IE9 19%, IE8 14% & Chrome 17 14%.
Safari (all versions) is 25% on both sites, with firefox around 13%.