Trends are telling us that there is a great probability that Google’s Chrome will overtake Microsoft’s Internet Explorer half way into 2012. Chrome overtook Firefox last year and is now aiming for the no 1 spot.

A new Browser was born…

Google’s browser Chrome was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008, the day after it was accidently announced prematurely. The beta version was followed by a public stable release in December that same year.

In September 2008, the open source web browser released a large portion of the source code, including its V8 JavaScript engine, as an open source project entitled Chromium. This move enabled third-party developers to study the underlying source code and to help port the browser to the Mac OS X and Linux operating systems.

World Domination?

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still the world’s most popular browser but both IE and Firefox lost a great chunk of their global market share to Chrome during 2011. Last year Google was gobbling up market share at an impressive speed, going from 15% to 27% in one year.

According to current trends from Statcounter data, Chrome will overtake Internet Explorer in mid-2012. However trends from rival statistics provider Net Applications suggest we’ll have to wait until the end of 2013. The differences in trends and statistics are probably due to different ways of counting browser share. Exact figures put aside the trend points the same way, Chrome is definitely on its way up whilst both Firefox and IE’s market share is dwindling.

So what explains Chrome’s sudden rise to fame?

Fast, Simple, Secure and Stable are four adjectives that may explain Chrome’s popularity. In the past Chrome has been the first browser to release new impressive and user-friendly features.

Chrome is also taking over market shares in the business environment, which has always been a stronghold for Internet Explorer. The official Chrome MSI Package made Chrome easier to deploy in business, as it allows system administration control over the update process rather than invisible background updates. Chrome’s speed and stability also make it a preferred browser for web applications.

Chrome’s success may also be a result of heavy promotion by Google and interestingly enough it is worth to mention that they recently fell foul of their own rules on paid links. As a result Google’s own spam fighting team reduced the PageRankvalue of the Chrome home page for at least 60 days.

Despite this recent ‘mishap’ Chrome’s popularity is sure to grow this year, we are keeping a close eye on the trends and are also excited to see how Firefox and IE will fight back.

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