Chrome Hits 20% Marketshare (Report)

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Google Chrome now has 20% marketshare in browsers, according to online analytics firm StatCounter, TheNextWeb reports.This is pretty staggering. Just two years ago, Chrome was at 2.8%.

The gains came at the expense of both Firefox and Internet Explorer, which is now dipping below 50% marketshare.

This shows a few things:

  • Google’s got some great engineers. (We already knew that, but worth repeating);
  • The browser market is actually an opportunity. People think of the browser as boring, utility software, but if tens of millions of people are willing to switch browsers, it means there’s room for a newcomer. And there’s opportunity for change and evolution. This is why RockMelt, a startup founded by a bunch of former Netscape rockstars, recently raised $30 million. 

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