In March 2012, for users of the W3Schools website, Google’s Chrome web browser overtook Firefox as the most popular browser.
The W3Schools website monitors user statistics of people with an interest for web technologies, and acknowledges that its’ visitors may be more interested in using alternative browsers than the average user. However the statistics reveal clear universal trends.
Apart from Apple’s Safari which has held a relatively steady position this year, the only browser with a continually expanding market share has been Chrome.
The statistics for March display a continuation of a strong growth trend for the Chrome, with 37.3% share, leading Firefox (36.3%) and Internet Explorer (18.9%), and well ahead of Safari (4.4%) and an ultra-slim favourite amongst programmers, Opera (2.3%).
Chrome entered the market in September ’08, when Microsoft held almost half the market (49%). Since then, as Chrome has grown in popularity by one or two percent per month, Firefox has lost 7% market share, while IE has declined by a massive 41 percent!