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Google Chrome topples Microsoft Internet Explorer as world's favourite browser

21 May 2012
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Google Chrome overtook Microsoft's Internet Explorer to become the world's most popular web browser for a full week for the first time in its history.

The Chrome browser enjoyed a week-long surge in use between 14 and 20 May, StatCounter statistics revealed on Monday.

Asia and South America contributed heavily to Chrome's traffic boom, with Internet Explorer and Firefox remaining North America and Europe's dominant web browsers.

In India, Chrome held an eight per cent lead over Firefox, the country's second most popular browser.

Chrome has overtaken Internet Explorer over a number of weekends in the past, but the new surge is the first time it has taken the world's top spot for a full week.

According to StatCounter, Chrome overtook IE in early May and unlike previous occasions, has yet to cede top spot back to Microsoft's browser.

StatCounter's findings are based on analysis of three million websites, with the company analysing 15 billion page views each month.

The news comes just days after Google announced plans to redesign how it displays search results.

The company unveiled its new Knowledge Graph, promising it will upgrade its engines to go beyond searching for matching strings of characters, to actually understand users' browsing habits.

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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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