Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still the hegemon in the global browser market, but a dispute has emerged as to which browser takes second place.
According to metrics firm Statcounter, Google’s Chrome browser had 25.69 percent of the global browser market in November, whilst Firefox had 25.23 percent. This marks the first time that Chrome has ever usurped Firefox for the position of number 2.
Rival metrics firm Net Applications claims that Chrome isn’t quite number two just yet, as the firm claims the browser has 18.8 percent of the market share versus Firefox’s 22.14 percent.
Statcounter says that their methodology is the most accurate because it measures actual browser usage and not just downloads.
“We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google,” Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, said in a statement. “As the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally.”
Microsoft lamented their continued dominance in a blog post that read, “IE9 usage share on Windows 7 worldwide is now higher than all versions of Chrome and all versions of Firefox—second only to IE8.”