Google Chrome passes Internet Explorer as most popular browser to end Microsoft’s 18-year reign –

Firefox and Chrome, released in 2002 and 2008 respectively, were seen as faster and easier to use, and came with features such as tabs and extensions. Last year Microsoft made a new browser, Edge, the default on its new operating system Windows 10.

Chrome has climbed from 25.7 per cent of the market a year ago to today’s 41.7 per cent, while Microsoft has fallen from 55.8 per cent. Firefox, Safari and Opera have 10 per cent, 4.5 per cent and 2 per cent of the market respectively.

The figures refer to desktop browsing, so do not include smartphones or tablets, where Apple’s Safari dominates.


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