Chrome grabs 10% browser share

Chrome has recorded a 10% browser market share for the first time, according to Net Applications.

Chrome gained 0.72% of the global market in January, finishing with a 10.7% share – double its 5.2% share this time last year.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer slid by a percentage point to 56% of the global browser market. While older versions lost share, IE8 posted a 1.18% gain and the IE9 beta won 0.5% of users – and up to 1.82% for those on Windows 7. Ageing IE6 fell a point and a half to 11.6%.

Firefox slid to 22.75%, continuing a downward trend its open source developers Mozilla will hope to turn around with the arrival of Firefox 4.

A release candidate for IE9 is expected to be launched next week, while Mozilla has said the final version of Firefox 4 would show up by the end of the month.

Apple success

Net Applications also noted that Apple’s iOS had increased its share following Christmas hardware purchases.

“Apple’s iOS, which runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, reached 2.06% of all global browsing in January, passing 2% for the first time,” the company said. “This growth trend accelerated over the holidays, which follows the typical pattern for Apple consumer devices.”

The Apple operating system is now responsible for 5% of all web browsing in the UK, Net Applications said.

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