Google’s Chrome became the world’s top internet browser for one day on Sunday, pushing Internet Explorer into second place for the first time.
Explorer has been the world’s most popular web browser since 1999.
‘While it is only one day, this is a milestone,’ said Aodhan Cullen, CEO of web monitoring firm Statcounter.
Chrome did not retain its lead, however, in the statistics released by monitoring firm Statcounter.
As of this week, Explorer is in first place again.
Chrome’s figures tend to surge at weekends, driven by home users who choose Google’s browser over Microsoft’s.
During the week, when much web browsing is from corporate machines, Explorer rises.
‘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,’ said Aodhan Cullen.
One version of Chrome – Chrome 15 – is already the world’s most popular browser, according to research released by Statcounter on December 15.
But taken together, all versions of Internet Explorer are still ahead of Google’s sleek Chrome browser.
The open-source browser Firefox was widely expected to take Internet Explorer’s crown, but recent versions have been bloated and slow.
Google’s Chrome has steadily gained over the past year – usage ‘spikes’ at weekends when users are free to choose their own browser
StatCounter Global Stats reports that Chrome topped the polls in India, Russia and Brazil, all of which contributed to it becoming the number one browser for that day on a global basis.
Chrome still faces a battle to unseat its main rivals including IE and Firefox in many regions.
Chrome remains in 2nd or 3rd place in China, United States and Germany, for example.
StatCounter data is based on over 15 billion page views per month – 4 billion from the US, and harvested from Statcounter’s network of over three million websites.