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October Web Browser Market Report Has Chrome Posting Biggest Gains

The October report for browser market share is out, and once again it’s a month of incredible growth for Google Chrome while Internet Explorer hits a new low for the year.

Lets take a look at the chart so far for this year according to the measurements of NetMarketshare.

Chrome Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Jan 2010 5.22% 24.43% 62.12% 2.38% 4.53%
Feb 2010 5.61% 24.23% 61.58% 2.35% 4.45%
March 2010 6.13% 24.52% 60.65% 2.37% 4.65%
April 2010 6.73% 24.59% 59.95% 2.30% 4.72%
May 2010 7.05% 24.35% 59.69% 2.43% 4.77%
June 2010 7.24% 23.81% 60.32% 2.27% 4.85%
July 2010 7.16% 22.91% 60.74% 2.45% 5.09%
August 2010 7.52% 22.93% 60.40% 2.37% 5.16%
September 2010 7.98% 22.96% 59.65% 2.39% 5.27%
October 2010 8.47% 22.82% 59.26% 2.28% 5.33%

Except for that dip in July Chrome’s growth has been spectacular this year, and while it first looked like it would just pass nine percent for the year, it’s now looking like 9.5 percent is not out of the question as we go into 2011.

chromediscInternet Explorer’s continued decline to a new low for the year is especially surprising with the introduction of IE9 receiving so many rave reviews.  At this point I would say it is just simply people are ready for a change, although you could argue since the latest version of Microsoft’s browser is a “Beta”, it might be keeping some people away from it.

Apple’s Safari continues its run of modest growth, bringing it to a total jump of only .80 percent for the year.  Hey, growth is growth.

Mozilla’s Firefox hit a low for the year, and has lost a total of 1.59 percent of its market share.  Opera, which usually hovers in the same range month after month, fell to a low for the year of 2.28 percent.

It isn’t clear what is causing Google’s Chrome to gobble up so much of the market this year, and it isn’t going to get out of third place any time soon, but the company has to be thrilled with its growth.  Yes, we’re talking only 3.25 percent for the year, but that is sure more than anyone else is showing.

What say you?  What is your current favorite browser, and which do you despise?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...