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Google Chrome tops 160 million users

Google Chrome tops 160 million users

Chrome has seen massive expansion, thanks to users migrating from Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Google has announced that users of its Chrome browser have now topped 160 million - more than double its user-base just one year ago.

Chrome reportedly snatched 1 per cent of browser market share in its first day, and has since seen huge growth, increasing its share from just over 8 per cent to over 18 per cent in the last 12 months.

Chrome's simple, snappy design has seen people flock to the browser from Internet Explorer, and even from Firefox. According to Statscounter.com, Firefox has lost more than two per cent market share in the same period, with the release of Firefox 4 doing little to help, despite being downloaded 24 million times in its first three days.

In contrast, Chrome 10, which was released in March, has kept the momentum going for Google, which looks set to hold well over 20 per cent of browser market share by the end of 2011.

Meanwhile, Internet Explorer has been struggling to maintain its stronghold. Microsoft's browser has held less than 50 per cent of browser market share since the end of 2010, with the March release of IE9 seemingly doing little to lure back users.

Have you switched browsers recently? What do you think of the latest version of Chrome? Let us know in the forums.

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proxess 12th May 2011, 09:46 Quote
Even I've moved from Firefox to Chrome. I still love Firefox, it's brought a lot to the browser world, but it seems to be falling back compared to Chrome. I guess the Google Power House is hard to beat, whatever the area.
impar 12th May 2011, 09:54 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Article
Have you switched browsers recently?
No.
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Originally Posted by The Article
What do you think of the latest version of Chrome?
Lacks addons.
SexyHyde 12th May 2011, 09:56 Quote
using firefox on ubuntu but chrome on win7. feel sorry for opera as they deserve much more market share for the innovation they usually bring.
Jamie 12th May 2011, 10:11 Quote
I wonder if they are counting me as a user even though I only use it once a week at the most.
Pete J 12th May 2011, 10:19 Quote
Rock on!

I've been using Chrome for about two years now and love it. It always seems to be improving as well - I used to have problems with PDFs but not any more!
mi1ez 12th May 2011, 10:36 Quote
I'm on Opera at work and Firefox alphas at home. I sometimes have to use IE due to our archaic proxy server and some of the terrible websites I'm forced to visit at work.
coolius 12th May 2011, 10:44 Quote
I switched from FF to Chrome about a year ago mainly due to FF become so slow and sluggish.

Immediately loved the "magic bar" (or whatever its called) and the ability to drag and drop tabs around.

Now Chrome seems to be the only browser actually bringing anything new to the scene, with the other browser trying to catch up, especially in terms of UI.
coolius 12th May 2011, 10:46 Quote
PS, according to StatsCounter, Chrome has almost overtaken Firefox in the UK!
theevilelephant 12th May 2011, 11:04 Quote
Always used Opera myself, the only reason I haven't swapped to Chrome is that Opera hasn't done anythign stupid... yet. I have to admit that I like Chrome's simplistic UI, very refreshing.
Kiytan 12th May 2011, 11:04 Quote
Switched from Firefox to chrome a while ago, and absolutely love it, so much quicker than FF, looks nicer too. Lack of addons bothered me at first, but they now have adblock and stumble for Chrome, so that's the main ones sorted :P
LeMaltor 12th May 2011, 11:16 Quote
No wonder, firefox 4 sucks.
Madness_3d 12th May 2011, 11:22 Quote
I've always been the kind of person who likes my PC stripped back with nothing superfluous slowing it down, so from my point of view Chrome fits the bill perfectly. I used to use IE until Chrome came along and I jumped over as soon as I played with it. Never been convinced by FF, seems slow even ran off an SSD
DXR_13KE 12th May 2011, 11:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!
Lacks addons.

[citation needed]
Psy-UK 12th May 2011, 11:50 Quote
Hurray for Chrome!
impar 12th May 2011, 11:51 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
[citation needed]
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/multi-links/
wuyanxu 12th May 2011, 11:55 Quote
Quote:
Snap links is better, it distinguishes between layers.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/snap-links/

Chrome also has it :p

but i am a HUGE Firefox user, been using it since 1.5. also use Chrome as secondary incognito browser since FF's private mode is frankly crap. in fact, Chrome only launches in incognito for me (with help of command line switch).
DXR_13KE 12th May 2011, 12:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
[citation needed]
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/multi-links/

Chrome has it:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gjcjbldedbadhjhlbmjekgaefegoaaih?hl=en

edit: Try again?
impar 12th May 2011, 12:07 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
Snap links is better, it distinguishes between layers.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/snap-links/
The Firefox version is way too old.
I see there is a Chrome version. There is also Linkclump.

Should try Chrome again.
DXR_13KE 12th May 2011, 12:10 Quote
I wonder what happened to crazyceo...
Brooxy 12th May 2011, 12:17 Quote
Since putting Windows 7 on my laptop earlier this week, I've been trying IE9. To be fair, it doesn't seem to be that bad - it doesn't bring any new functionality to the overall brower market, but then again, it does what it says on the tin. Explores the internet. Not lot more though. On a plus point I've not managed to kill it yet.

Naturally I await the flaming that comes with not changing brower within the first day of upgrading.

I was put off Chrome in earlier versions when I found it was taking up local profile space. On a network like the one I use on a daily basis, profile size is to be kept as low as possible, otherwise logon / logoff takes the best part of half an hour. I remember it being fairly snappy at loading pages up though. Might have to give it another go


Looking at Firefox 4, there seems to be a definate improvement for me over FF3.* - much more responsive, although the default UI is a bit crap. 5 minutes of playing around fixes that though.
impar 12th May 2011, 12:34 Quote
Greetings!

Ok, trying Chrome.
What addon allows to personalize the UI? Tabs on bottom, always on status bar, etc.
What addon offers more buttons? Similar to Toolbar Buttons.
How to disable the spelling?
How to make Chrome use the "I feel lucky" behaviour? (This is strange, behaviour gives an error on spelling... :| )
Hereisphilly 12th May 2011, 13:28 Quote
I am an avid Firefox user, and have been for a while, but i admit, i am drawn to the speed of chrome.
The only thing however which is preventing me from switching over is the lack of a separate search bar on the right of address bar, which in Firefox you can even customise with additional search engines! If anyone knows if this is possible to have in chrome, i would gladly switch over, as i use that bar all the time!
Woodspoon 12th May 2011, 13:56 Quote
Chrome Rocks!
Denis_iii 12th May 2011, 14:03 Quote
Guess I use my browser in strange ways as I can't stand Chrome. Just doesn't feel right not to mention issues encountered personally and by companies I support.
impar 12th May 2011, 14:38 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Denis_iii
Guess I use my browser in strange ways as I can't stand Chrome.
It just feels weird. It is fast but I cant tweak it to my own taste.
runbmp 12th May 2011, 15:15 Quote
I personally enjoy Opera and Firefox 4. Chrome although fast, just feels like its too simplistic and doesn't offer the user customization that firefox has.
Stewb 12th May 2011, 15:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hereisphilly
I am an avid Firefox user, and have been for a while, but i admit, i am drawn to the speed of chrome.
The only thing however which is preventing me from switching over is the lack of a separate search bar on the right of address bar, which in Firefox you can even customise with additional search engines! If anyone knows if this is possible to have in chrome, i would gladly switch over, as i use that bar all the time!

With chrome that is unnecessary (at least in my experience) you can have keywords for all the website searches you want (it autofills them the first time you use them though with a default keyword) that you type in the url bar and then press tab. Then whatever you type next it will search on that website. I personally find that quicker than the firefox method where you have to change the search it will use with the drop down box (unless I am missing something).
Kenny79 12th May 2011, 15:30 Quote
Chrome+adblock=FTW
Showerhead 12th May 2011, 15:31 Quote
What's everyone done to their firefox to make it so slow? Comparing mine to chrome they both load pages almost instantly.
Daedelus 12th May 2011, 16:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hereisphilly

The only thing however which is preventing me from switching over is the lack of a separate search bar on the right of address bar, which in Firefox you can even customise with additional search engines!

Why do you need it? Just type your search in to the address bar and it will do a Google search.
impar 12th May 2011, 16:47 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daedelus
Why do you need it? Just type your search in to the address bar and it will do a Google search.
And it will show a google page with the results. How to make it work so that you are taken to the "I feel lucky" result?
Type imdb scarlett and be immediately taken to Scarlett Johanssons page in IMDB.
mucgoo 12th May 2011, 17:30 Quote
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-eu-monthly-201004-201104
Apparently Firefox has over taken IE in Europe. About time to.
Fizzban 12th May 2011, 17:57 Quote
I'm happy enough with Firefox so I see no reason to go to Chrome. I did try it when it first came out to see what it was about, but that's as far as I got.
Hereisphilly 12th May 2011, 18:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daedelus

Why do you need it? Just type your search in to the address bar and it will do a Google search.

I find it really useful to google something, then see more info about said topic in wikipedia (without having to go all the way back to google), then see what the price is on amazon or ebay, or if there are any videos on youtube, all without typing anything extra! As for the keyword search, i might give that a go, but i think i'll still have to type it out...

I also came across rockmelt, which seems to have added in the search bar to chrome, but you cant customise the engines. It sdoes have some really awesome features tho!

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/blogs/2011/04/22/rockmelt-google-chrome-only-better
Grimloon 12th May 2011, 18:17 Quote
I started using Chrome on my netbook as it seemed to be lower footprint than Firefox and just carried on using it on my desktop PC as well after I got used to it.

I have to use Firefox, IE 8 & 9 as well as Safari at work for testing and support purposes but I always point customers towards Chrome as it's by far the easiest to use from the user's perspective as you simply don't have to do anything to it.
DXR_13KE 12th May 2011, 20:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

Ok, trying Chrome.
What addon allows to personalize the UI? Tabs on bottom, always on status bar, etc.
What addon offers more buttons? Similar to Toolbar Buttons.
How to disable the spelling?
How to make Chrome use the "I feel lucky" behaviour? (This is strange, behaviour gives an error on spelling... :| )


spelling: http://www.askvg.com/how-to-disable-google-chrome-built-in-spell-checker/
felling lucky: http://blog.stevehorn.cc/2009/02/google-chrome-feeling-lucky-search.html

as for the others... try searching the plugin database for something similar...
coliea 12th May 2011, 20:23 Quote
Been a FF user for years but I'm now a Chrome convert both at home and in the office. The clean interface and support for Xmarks, Adblock, IETab and Last Pass appeals to me. Tried FF4 when it was eventually released but by then it was too late... I'd been Chromified.
Eiffie 12th May 2011, 20:51 Quote
FF4 user, tried chrome, didn't like how slow it felt, went back to FF4. I don't use any addons or plugins except for silverlight and adobe flash. FF4 blocks ads and popups just fine.
GeneGenie 12th May 2011, 21:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eiffie
FF4 user, tried chrome, didn't like how slow it felt, went back to FF4. I don't use any addons or plugins except for silverlight and adobe flash. FF4 blocks ads and popups just fine.

Same here. Google chrome also seemed to crash a lot more than FF4 and kept losing all my preferences, something that becomes tiresome quickly!
impar 13th May 2011, 09:17 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
spelling: http://www.askvg.com/how-to-disable-google-chrome-built-in-spell-checker/
felling lucky: http://blog.stevehorn.cc/2009/02/google-chrome-feeling-lucky-search.html
as for the others... try searching the plugin database for something similar...
Those work.
Did search the database, couldnt find any extension to add buttons or customize the UI. Did find one to remove the "new tab at the immediate right" behaviour.
Mankz 13th May 2011, 13:49 Quote
<3 Chrome.
CMW 13th May 2011, 17:55 Quote
Do these companies change their numbers when their product is removed? just wondering....
Lazarus Dark 14th May 2011, 04:37 Quote
I'm one who tried Chrome and it just felt "weird". I wanted to like it, but just didn't feel right. FF4 is blazing fast, loads everything instant, and I have several odd addons I don't think I'd want to live without anymore.
echeb 14th May 2011, 21:01 Quote
Using Chrome on my Ubuntu and XP partitions on my desktop and Win 7 on my laptop since it sinks my add-ons, theme and bookmark seamlessly without the need for an extra add-on like FF did at the time I installed. FF 4 is is good but I'm ok with Chrome, Safari works ok but I don't like the general style of Apple products and IE 9 is better than 8 but still the worst of the lot IMHO and *shudders* too many bad memories of 6.
sharpethunder 14th May 2011, 22:56 Quote
I dont use Chrome for 1 reason Goggle track What site you use so i will stick to Firefox the reason in know this is because my Brother use to work for Goggle and wrote some of the code for the said program
SlowMotionSuicide 15th May 2011, 18:18 Quote
Seriously, to all the people concerned about Google tracking your internet behaviour, have you ever considered the possibility that most of you are far less interesting than you might think? I'm pretty sure Google doesn't give a rats ass about you fapping to some mainstream porn flick, nor do they magically convert the said information into untold billions of cash.

You are not important.

In other news, Chrome ftw.
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