Google Chrome Set To Pass Firefox As Second Most Used Web Browser Worldwide

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If Google Chrome’s momentum continues, it will pass Mozilla Firefox this December and become the second most-used browser in the world, right behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

Current market share numbers are as follows, according to a ComputerWorld report based on StatCounter data: Chrome commands 23.6%, Firefox has 26.8%, while Internet Explorer has 41.7%.

What’s more important is that since January 2011, Chrome’s market share has gone up 50%, from 15.6% to 23.6%.

Firefox and IE market shares have declined since January 2011 (by 13% and 9%, respectively), and Chrome seems to be the only benefactor. At this rate, Chrome will match Firefox in November and pass it in market share in December.

Net Applications, another internet data company, isn’t as optimistic, pointing to mid-2012 for when Chrome will pass Firefox. Still, both data companies agree about one thing: Firefox and IE are declining, while Chrome is making gains.

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