Google Chrome dethrones beleaguered Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

“Nearly four years after Google Chrome became the most-used web browser according to StatCounter, rival metrics firm NetMarketShare has come to the same conclusion,” Jared Newman reports for PCWorld.

“Both firms now say that Chrome is more popular than Internet Explorer, though their respective percentages vary greatly. According to NetMarketShare, Chrome captured 41.66 percent of desktop browser usage in April, compared to 41.35 percent for IE,” Newman reports. “StatCounter shows 60.47 percent for Chrome, versus 13.25 percent for IE. (This actually puts Microsoft’s browser behind Mozilla Firefox, which captured 15.62 percent in April.)”

“Microsoft itself is now deemphasizing Internet Explorer in favor of Edge, its new browser for Windows 10,” Newman reports. “But as ZDNet notes, NetMarketShare’s figures for Internet Explorer include usage for Edge, which by itself stands at 4.39 percent. Even worse, data from StatCounter and Quantcast shows that people are abandoning Edge shortly after trying it.

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  1. I for sure haven’t used IE in a long time but as far as using Edge, it’s absolutely awesome.

    Definitely beats Chrome by a long shot!

    Edge is simply awesome


    1. With Chrome being widely supported on Apple devices and Internet Explorer not being supported, this is very relevant Mac news. It just means Macs are better supported in general.

      I’d like to see Microsoft bring Edge to iOS and OS X.

      Insecure… hardly. Bring it on.

  2. Internet Eplorer is being killed off, while Edge is the evil stepchild. I think this is a reflection of its own success. By hook or by crook, IE became the target of many hackers. Pack on to that, Microsft’s insistence of trying monopolize web standards and the need to continue backwards compatibility longer than safe or necessary.

    It’s a big disappointing mess.

    Backing that up is Google’s Chrome which levies persistent Big Brother tactics. We are left with three main players – Safari, Firefox, and Opera, which I use.

    1. And Firefox is under fire for its antiquated extensions system that allows cross-extension code contamination. Firefox has stated they’re going to dump the old Netscape system and adopt that of Chromium, but they’re clearly dragging their little fox feet.

      And Opera is merely Chromium with a wig on top.

  3. I don’t do Windows, so I wouldn’t know about Edge. Wouldn’t trust it, though.. Not crazy about Chrome, either- Firefox is most comfortable for me for some reason, though it crashes a lot and hates being Flash-less.

  4. Yeah, but Chrome is capable of being 100% PWNed by a malvertising infected web page. I have the personally collected documentation for those interested.

    Apple cured that problem in Safari over a year ago.

    I don’t use Chrome. But I will dig out Chromium if I’m testing web page rendering differences.

        1. Isn’t it Apple’s strength to take an existing idea (or product) make it better and over all, make it popular??

          If Apple’s genius is praised for that, then Google’s Chrome browser should be praised in the same way.

          I know… Truth hurts. Sorry…

      1. I posted just about total browser pwnage. This would be due to an ECMAScript (‘JavaScript’) vulnerability. I don’t see that vulnerability reflected in the table provided at browserscope. I also note that the table data is considerably Out Of Date. Here is a contest that is more recent:

        The score was 3 Safari bugs to 2 bugs in Microsoft Edge to 1 Chrome bug. 5 bugs in OS X to 6 bugs in Windows. Adobe Flash of course was again found to be the single most dangerous Internet technology with 4 bugs.

        You’ll notice that Firefox isn’t in the list – this is because it is deemed too easy to hack. Announcing this change last month Brian Gorenc, manager of Vulnerability Research at HPE said:
        “‘We wanted to focus on the browsers that have made serious security improvements in the last year.”

        1. To be honest I’m not sure about the ECMAScript (‘JavaScript’) vulnerability. I should check to give a documented answer.

          As for the browserscope scope result the problem is not that results are old (They aren’t) but the view I choose to make the screenshot.

          If you browse the site and change the views you’ll get the same results with the last versions of Chrome and Safari.

          1. AH! Thank you for pointing that out. I only looked at the page you linked and the site’s home page. I noted the list of recent Chrome tests in the upper right and wondered why they weren’t reflected in the tables. I put a link to the home page in my Security bookmarks and will check out the site further!

  5. Edge just isn’t ready for enterprise. You would be astounded that many fortune 500 companies still require backwards compatibility to even IE9, and are lazy to update their systems. So their customers have to keep older systems to maintain compatibility. It is beyond ridiculous.

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