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Friday, 22 March 2013

Browser wars

This chart that appeared last week in The Economist is very telling. Similar data and implied trends about browser shares worldwide have been published elsewhere. Chrome's dominance is dramatic.

The trend certainly has to do with the decline of PC use, which is somewhat responsible for Explorer's decreasing share. However, if this were the only thing at play then Safari's share should grow since tablets (and Apple's iPad in particular) have rapidly gained share in recent years. It seems that Chrome's success is based on a more fundamental thing. My guess is that it is 'quality'. Chrome is much more stable than other browsers that often crash on certain pages.

It is ironic that Microsoft has just been fined over a neglected promise in Europe concerning the (un)bundling of its browser. In the future it is likely that Google will have to worry about these things.

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