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Google Chrome took the lead over Internet Explorer on March 18

April 2, 2012

Google Chrome beats Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for a short period to emerge as the world’s most popular web browser on March 18 according to StatCounter.

StatCounter that compiled the figures said Google Chrome took the lead on March 18 when office goers used their own computers than the ones controlled by corporate IT departments.

“While it is only one day, this is a milestone. At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE,” The Telegraph quoted StatCounter’s chief executive Aodhan Cullen, as saying.

As per StatCounter on the particular day Chrome was used by 32.7 percent browsers while 32.5 worked on Internet Explorer.

The victory was however, short lived for Chrome as Internet Explorer rebounded the very next day capturing 35 percent shares while the Chrome’s share fell to 30 percent on March 19.


Chrome earlier demoted Firefox to third spot from second globally for the long term in December last year.

Some analysts have questioned if Google can topple Internet Explorer as Microsoft has integrated features on desktops.

“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,” Cullen said.

StatCounter data collects its data from a sample of over 15 billion page views on more than three million websites.

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