It seems that the neverending browser war is now seeing Google’s Chrome inch forward, for the second month in a row, though this time it seems to be pinching its users from both Microsoft and Mozilla.
Last time we heard any real news from the browser stakes, it was that Firefox had, however temporarily, managed to claw itself to the top of the pile when it came to the most users on a single version of any one browser, while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer userbase was sploit between IE6, IE7 and the newer IE8. Still, there has been other news of interest, not least of which the fact that Google’s Chrome has been performing quite well, at least according to statistics from Net Applications.
Indeed, when Google’s browser first managed to push itself into third place, at the expense of Apple’s Safari, it had seemed it could well be a temporary shift. Chrome’s move into third place coincided neatly with the release of a stable versin of the browser for Mac OS, meaning that it was very likely to see a bump downwards for Safari as new users tried Google’s browser out and left Safari behind.
Now though, we’ve seen Safari grow by 0.05% while Chrome has managed to grow by around the 0.57%. Moreover, those users that have dropped seem likely to have come from either Firefox or Internet Explorer, both of which shrank…
Still, it’s curious to see Chrome growing without having made any major releases since the last round of reports on browser stats came out; it seems to indicate a level of interest in Google’s browser that, while it’s not threatening either IE or Firefox for now, it’s unlikely the competition is unaware of.