Google's Chrome 15 release has overtaken Internet Explorer 8 as the most popular single browser version in use, according to new figures from web metrics firm StatCounter.
The company's Global Stats report said that Chrome 15 pulled ahead of IE8 during the final week of November with a 23.6 per cent share, compared to 23.5 per cent for IE8. Chrome 15 bypassed Firefox in total market share last month.
Chrome's numbers were particularly strong in the UK, logging a 24.7 per cent share compared to 21.1 per cent for IE8.
However, when all versions of the browsers are factored in, in IE regains the top spot. StatCounter also found that Chrome use is higher at the weekend, suggesting that it is stronger in the consumer than in the enterprise market.
But weekday numbers are on the rise, and analysts believe that Chrome is beginning to catch on in the workplace.
"Google announced Chrome for business exactly a year ago and IT administrators appear to have embraced it in a remarkably short time," said StatCounter chief executive Aodhan Cullen.
"It looks as if people favour Chrome on weekends at home but office commercial use has now caught up."
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