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In fog of browser wars, the victor varies with the metrics

John P. Mello Jr. | June 3, 2013
NetMarketShare says Microsoft's IE is top dog, while StatCounter crowns Chrome the king in the competitive browser market.

The market share for the latest version of Microsoft's browser, though, still has a ways to go to catch up with IE 8 (22.99 percent) and IE 9 (15.39 percent).

Differing pictures of Chrome's progress
NetMarketShare also shows IE, Firefox, Safari, and Opera gaining market share in May, while Chrome's share dropped slightly to 15.74 percent from 16.35 percent—trailing IE and Firefox.

StatCounter's May numbers tell a different story. It shows Chrome with the largest share of the browser market (41.38 percent), an increase over April's share (39.15 percent), and trailed by IE  and Firefox.

It also shows April to May declines in market share for IE (27.72 from 29.71 percent), Firefox (19.76 from 20.06 percent), Safari (7.96 from 8.0 percent), and Opera (1.0 from 1.01 percent).

Any way you slice the numbers, Explorer and Chrome appear to be the browsers to beat, with Firefox also in the running.The real winner of this browser war could be users, who stand to benefit as competitors upgrade features to stay in the game.


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