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Google Chrome now more popular than Firefox in the UK

Google Chrome now more popular than Firefox in the UK

Chrome has been increasing its market share had over fist since its release in 2008.

Google's Chrome has overtaken Firefox to become the UK's second most popular web browser.

The latest figures from web statistics firm Statscounter, show that Chrome has doubled in popularity in the UK just the last 12 months, from 11 per cent, to 22 per cent between July 2010 and July 2011.

July saw the crossover between it and Mozilla's Firefox, which has been gradually losing out to Chrome over the same period, dropping from 25 per cent, to 22 per cent.

Internet Explorer remains by far the most popular web browser, however, over the same period, it lost nearly 10 per cent market share. It fell from just under 55 per cent to 46 per cent - still holding more market share than Chrome and Firefox combined.

Safari has also seen a small gain of around two percent since July last year, while Opera dropped half a per cent to less than one per cent.

Worldwide, according to the same data, Chrome also continues its march up the ladder, although it needs to gain nearly six per cent market share before it overtakes Firefox.

Which browser do you use? Have you switched recently? What do you make of the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome and IE? Let us know in the forum.

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proxess 1st August 2011, 12:12 Quote
I've actually moved to Chrom-e/-ium but this makes me a little sad. I still have Firefox here: <3.
Stotherd-001 1st August 2011, 12:14 Quote
My old workplace blocked Chrome and Firefox use. Until companies like that learn that other browsers are just plain better than IE, FF and Chrome won't gain majority.

New workplace uses firefox. Its liberating.
XXAOSICXX 1st August 2011, 12:16 Quote
Chrome all the way for me personally, though in my company we've had to implement Firefox since Chrome installs on a per-user basis which is very, very annoying (and completely impractical) when people hot-seat.
Paradigm Shifter 1st August 2011, 12:31 Quote
Tried Chrome, went back to Firefox.

The jump from FF to Chrome isn't the paradigm shift that Firebird was from IE5/IE6. And there is comfort in familiarity.
Shayper09 1st August 2011, 12:35 Quote
Chrome <3
Centy-face 1st August 2011, 12:37 Quote
I've been a Chrome user since the day it came out and all I did was grab it out of curiosity, before that I was a die hard Opera user. I've hardly really used IE or Firefox and certainly never on my own machine. It's nice to see Chrome getting some users it's just a shame that they seem to be coming over from FF rather than where they need to, from IE.
Phalanx 1st August 2011, 12:38 Quote
I started with Firefox when it first hit beta. I've never left. Never had any problems, the add-on support is tremendous and I have always found it very easy to use.
3lusive 1st August 2011, 12:40 Quote
I <3 chrome too
Jack_Pepsi 1st August 2011, 12:41 Quote
I was a die-hard FF user, bitched about Chrome being too simplistic, used it and now I eat my words.

Chrome is great, not had one issue on any machine I have/use.
wuyanxu 1st August 2011, 12:45 Quote
still prefer Firefox's totally customisable feature (where's about:config in Chrome?)

so that i can use it the same way i use it back in 2005.
Krikkit 1st August 2011, 12:46 Quote
I use fox on computers with muscle, just so I can have silly add-ons etc (and decent bookmark integration, I just don't like the way Chrome does it), but on any machine with limited hardware I always go for Chrome, and love it.
PQuiff 1st August 2011, 13:00 Quote
soon as it gets aero ill start using it, but it just looks to ghetto next to opera.
Digibull 1st August 2011, 13:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stotherd-001
My old workplace blocked Chrome and Firefox use. Until companies like that learn that other browsers are just plain better than IE, FF and Chrome won't gain majority.

New workplace uses firefox. Its liberating.

It's not so much that IT departments are unaware of other & better browsers, it's a case of compatability and support. There are a lot of corporate applications out there which only officially support IE (though they may work on other browsers, if they're not supported then management isn't interested in rolling them out).

As a system admin, I have locked down installations of Chrome and Firefox because users insisted on installing them themselves (Chrome and firefox install to the users profile and therefore doesn't require admin rights) and using them to access the intranet and web applications. When they discovered they didn't work I simply advised them to use IE (with which the applications do work), when they refused to comply I locked it down. Having such calls clog up a helpdesk is just inefficent. Also a lot group policy application rollouts, such as adobe flash, only update it for IE. Firefox/chrome requires a seperate installation which is too much support work.

My point being, from an IT support point of view, IE is the only real choice for a lot of companies. At home I use and love Chrome, I find it a lot easier to use and I do believe there is a noticable difference in speed. Until other browsers become better supported in a corporate environment, IE will still be the winner for work.
GeorgeStorm 1st August 2011, 13:04 Quote
Use opera both at home and work.
Used to use firefox, found it started crashing etc more and more, tried chrome, found it a bit meh, tried opera, not looked back.
VeNoM JaCKaL 1st August 2011, 13:12 Quote
Cant do with Firefox and all the lovely add-ons that I use day in day out. However I have defiantly seen the worse side of the Firefox - freezes slow loading times and occasional crashes since the new version. Hope will still try adding to the library but without compromising the staple usability of the browser.
lacuna 1st August 2011, 13:15 Quote
Used Opera for the last 10 years, seen no reason to switch.
TheStockBroker 1st August 2011, 13:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by lacuna
Used Opera for the last 10 years, seen no reason to switch.

Try and all shall be revealed.

TSB
r3loaded 1st August 2011, 13:17 Quote
My workplace uses Chrome. Primarily because I deployed it :P
Kovoet 1st August 2011, 13:21 Quote
I prefer chrome even though you can do more with firefox as firefox has too many gimmicks now

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impar 1st August 2011, 13:37 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
still prefer Firefox's totally customisable feature ...
This.
EdwardTeach 1st August 2011, 13:41 Quote
Have both, but mainly use ff. Find it more intuitive and easier to use.
Jipa 1st August 2011, 14:10 Quote
Firefox has absolutely lost it. Upgrading to 4 meant even more memory usage, even slower operation and crashes, lots of crashes. I've used FF since I don't even remember when, and for the most part it's been good, but frankly I've just felt like it's been getting worse with every new version.

I would have switched to Chrome ages ago, but it just doesn't work with a couple of pages that I need to use.
IanW 1st August 2011, 14:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Article
"Internet Explorer remains by far the most popular web browser, however, over the same period, it lost nearly 10 per cent market share. It fell from just under 55 per cent to 46 per cent - still holding more market share than Chrome and Firefox combined."

Does this exclude people who've had to set "user_agent" so they can use online banking, etc. that only allows IE?
Scarlet0pimp 1st August 2011, 14:21 Quote
I love IE 9 use Chrome as a secondary browser and install it for anyone who cant have IE 9 if I do work on their machine.

Went of FF around 4 when it started being slow.
Madness_3d 1st August 2011, 14:28 Quote
Firefox is just too slow for me, IE is a security joke, 9 breaks compatibility with loads of stuff I use, Opera seems weird, Safari is clunky, Chrome all the way, sync'd between my desktop and laptop, I've never looked back.
stormbringer500 1st August 2011, 14:28 Quote
I still have firefox installed but been using chrome for last week I seem to like it :D
KiNETiK 1st August 2011, 14:49 Quote
I use Chrome all the time and I love its debugging abilities when doing web development
DriftCarl 1st August 2011, 14:55 Quote
I work for a large software company that has a product that heavily uses web applications. And because the development resources are so demanding, we can only officially support IE. There just isnt any resources to support any other browsers at the moment. So this means that our customers are restricted to IE. Over the whole of the UK we probably have 10's thousands of people using the product which are forced to use IE.
meandmymouth 1st August 2011, 14:57 Quote
I have both but use Chrome mainly. I've found Firefox 4 to be slower and crash a bit more which winds me up.
Kiytan 1st August 2011, 15:09 Quote
I use chrome too, seems much faster than FF (and looks nicer)
supermonkey 1st August 2011, 15:45 Quote
I use Firefox at home. At work, I use Firefox whenever possible; however, despite agency IT requirements for all websites and web applications to work on all major browsers, there are still a handful of sites that only work in IE.

There was also the issue of our IT folks pushing software patches daily to downgrade Firefox 4 back to whatever previous version I was using.
fdbh96 1st August 2011, 15:52 Quote
I use IE simply because I still don't think that either ff or chrome with citric zen app which I need for school. They might do now but frankly I don't trust google and I tried ff with Linux and didn't really think it was any faster than IE and I have got too familiar with IE ;)
Mankz 1st August 2011, 16:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shayper09
Chrome <3
Kaiwan 1st August 2011, 16:09 Quote
I went from IE to FF and now I'm using Chrome. I just find it's a lot easier to use.

In work we still have to use IE though -.-
impar 1st August 2011, 16:19 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jipa
Firefox has absolutely lost it. Upgrading to 4 meant even more memory usage, even slower operation and crashes, lots of crashes.
It crashed in your system? :|
Woodspoon 1st August 2011, 16:48 Quote
Chrome
Because it's nice and it works
HourBeforeDawn 1st August 2011, 17:10 Quote
ooh ya so how is that all going with IE not being included in Windows 7 outside of the US? like has that caused problems with older people and what not?
Daedelus 1st August 2011, 17:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stotherd-001
My old workplace blocked Chrome and Firefox use.

HAHA seriously? Some people really should not be allowed anywhere near computers.
Lenderz 1st August 2011, 17:28 Quote
I like Chrome, its fast, but I prefer FF because its more open to tinkering.

Basically I don't like how Chrome installs on your C drive, you have no choice, then caches multiple gigabytes of data to it. Pissed me off no end when I had a smaller SSD.
chemo 1st August 2011, 17:30 Quote
still using firefox here, never had any prolems so why change
Phalanx 1st August 2011, 17:30 Quote
There's a lot of mention of Firefox 4 here. People do realise they're coming up on version 7 these days, right?

It just seems to get smoother/more intuitive each time there's an update for me.
DXR_13KE 1st August 2011, 17:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
still prefer Firefox's totally customisable feature (where's about:config in Chrome?)

so that i can use it the same way i use it back in 2005.

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2008/09/google-chromes-about-pages.html
thehippoz 1st August 2011, 18:13 Quote
still use ff 3.6

birds of a feather.. installed ff 5 recently, it looks just like chrome
TheMusician 1st August 2011, 18:18 Quote
Stopped using Firefox about a month ago. Got sick and tired of memory leaks and that ****ing "Firefox is already running but is not responding" message. Got Chrome, and I like it a lot.
mikkig 1st August 2011, 18:33 Quote
When they say IE is it aggregating all versions from 6-9 or does IE9 have a 47% market share?
lanehead 1st August 2011, 18:34 Quote
+1 for Opera, being able to sync everything I need between Work, Home and Tablet all built into the browser.
Zeus-Nolan 1st August 2011, 18:40 Quote
I use both FF (cant use 5.0 fast dial doesn't like it) and Chrome, Chrome for banking and online shopping (just quicker to load 10+ tabs) rest in FF.
Fizzban 1st August 2011, 19:27 Quote
I use Firefox almost exclusively. I got Chrome on my laptop which I don't use much because it sucks, and we have Internet Explorer at work...sadly.

Wasn't overly impressed with Chrome to be honest.
docodine 1st August 2011, 20:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stotherd-001
My old workplace blocked Chrome and Firefox use. Until companies like that learn that other browsers are just plain better than IE, FF and Chrome won't gain majority.

New workplace uses firefox. Its liberating.

Chrome Frame is always an option in that situation..

Been using Chrome since the earliest betas, and before that Opera!
Hazchem 1st August 2011, 20:11 Quote
Upgraded from FF3.6 to FF5, it now freezes about every 10 minutes. Gonna have to downgrade. I would go with chrome as it renders stuff nicer, but all my FF bookmarks are tagged and I like the extra customisation options.
The Infamous Mr D 1st August 2011, 21:00 Quote
Opera. On my desktop, laptop and mobile. All synced, all speedy. Works a charm, have used for years :)
Anfield 1st August 2011, 21:06 Quote
I'm a victim of the Company forcing IE on me at work, everywhere else I use Opera.
Eiffie 1st August 2011, 21:35 Quote
Firefox5 all the way! Use it for both home and work with no add-ons besides flash and silverlight. It's clean, simple, fast and it works. Never had an issue with it besides some crashes a while back in Firefox4 but I found out that was an adobe flash issue which has since been fixed in newer versions.
leexgx 1st August 2011, 22:05 Quote
opera user my self for 98% of stuff (I use chrome for fast open and close, norm for clicked links in MSN or Skype so I norm close them after short time )Chrome main issue is that each tab is an process and an disk i/o goes really slow on hdd based systems with lots of tabs been restored as well as RAM use

FireFox main issue is RAM use each tab uses a lot of RAM depending on site , opera handles them a lot better , I have 40+ open and it hovers around 1.2gb use,ch
loftie 1st August 2011, 22:06 Quote
I have an odd set up at home, I use Opera for most of my browsing. If i want to search for something quick I use Chrome, but my default web browser is IE9 simply because i find it still runs some websites better - like hotmail.

Dont misunderstand me though, IE9 is hardly ever used! Though it is used more than Firefox.....
M7ck 1st August 2011, 23:03 Quote
Safari FTW








Joking, I have used Chrome for the past two tears now (IE previously) and love it.
Madness_3d 1st August 2011, 23:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lenderz
I like Chrome, its fast, but I prefer FF because its more open to tinkering.

Basically I don't like how Chrome installs on your C drive, you have no choice, then caches multiple gigabytes of data to it. Pissed me off no end when I had a smaller SSD.

You can always use MKLink to get round silly things like that. Best thing I've stumbled upon since I got an SSD
RichCreedy 1st August 2011, 23:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daedelus
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stotherd-001
My old workplace blocked Chrome and Firefox use.

HAHA seriously? Some people really should not be allowed anywhere near computers.

as someone has already pointed out, there are operational reasons for blocking non IE browsers.

IE9 is a good browser, as for compatibility with some web pages, it has compatibility mode for such instances.

browser choice is down to individual preferences, no one browser is perfect.
Farfalho 1st August 2011, 23:56 Quote
I got bored of IE and switched to lower resource hog Opera and have been a follower for more than 4 years and always prefer it instead of IE and Firefox. Recently tried Chrome because I needed to use it for a work and I really enjoyed it very much and the Speed Dial Plug-In was the deal maker to make the switch between Opera to Chrome. Quite happy with it and still prefer Opera to Firefox but, actually, Chrome is the browser that won my heart
dicobalt 2nd August 2011, 01:40 Quote
At least you have the comfort of knowing that IE users are stupid :)
j1o2h3n4 2nd August 2011, 02:34 Quote
Chorme is STABLE if one page hangs, only that tab is affected. Firefox on the other hand, if one page hangs entire browser needs restart. However, chorme lacks:
- no print preview
- no work offline
- no turn off update (especially v12, GoogleUpdate.exe starts with your OS, can't block it nor prevent it loading, even after uninstall google update folder & content still exist)
- no NoSquint equivalent, NoSquint segment page zoom individually, eg. If i zoom up bit-tech.com to 120% all pages / tab from bit-tech.com is 120%, while others tabs i open eg. cnn.com is not effected. Default 100% 120% 144% too big a jump & affect all pages.
- Download speed indicator also not honest, speed shown are always higher than what they actually is. Firefox get it right though, maybe its the snapshot period they take.
- no Firebug equivalent, "Inspect Element" not enough details.
- no Noscript equivalent, extensions like adblock prevents signing into websites even after removing it.
knuck 2nd August 2011, 02:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krikkit
I use fox on computers with muscle, just so I can have silly add-ons etc (and decent bookmark integration, I just don't like the way Chrome does it), but on any machine with limited hardware I always go for Chrome, and love it.


this

I do love the speed of chrome but I'm just so used to firefox that I don't want to change ...yet

I do have all the browsers installed, though (ie,chrome,firefox, opera)
Lazarus Dark 2nd August 2011, 03:38 Quote
Switching to G+ has finally pushed me to Chrome. All the good G+ extensions are only on Chrome, along with a lot of great Google-made extensions for various products. For someone who spends half their time on Google services anyway, it makes sense (I even use Google Reader to skim the articles here before I come)

Can't say I really miss Firefox much, but I generally keep a clean OS and a clean browser, so I didn't have that many FF add ons to miss. If you are a FF addon whore, switching may be more difficult.

I tried putting Chrome on my work pc, but sadly none of my clients web sites and applications will work on Chrome (half don't actually work on FF either, but I use IE Tab to view them from within FF)
Ross1 2nd August 2011, 05:35 Quote
modify headers, downthemall, better adblock, better noscript, more customisable, open source, and a few other minor reasons all keep me on firefox. I tried chrome out and really dont get the love.
knuck 2nd August 2011, 05:43 Quote
trying chrome right now and I cringe about once every minute because of features that I would like to use but don't exist (in chrome)
inzane86 2nd August 2011, 08:40 Quote
I use chrome on my slow laptop, its a bit faster, but on my main PC its Firefox all the way.
RichCreedy 2nd August 2011, 10:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by dicobalt
At least you have the comfort of knowing that IE users are stupid :)

Really? is there any need for that?
Ph4ZeD 2nd August 2011, 10:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by dicobalt
At least you have the comfort of knowing that IE users are stupid :)

IE9 is an excellent browser. I use Chrome myself.
impar 2nd August 2011, 10:32 Quote
RichCreedy 2nd August 2011, 12:34 Quote
i get it now, hadn't seen that report, i am not adverse to change, but i do have preferences, was the iq test a reliable one, many that are done online are not.
impar 2nd August 2011, 12:39 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by RichCreedy
i get it now, hadn't seen that report, i am not adverse to change, but i do have preferences, was the iq test a reliable one, many that are done online are not.
http://www.aptiquant.com/IQ-Browser-AptiQuant-2011.pdf

PS
Also related; interesting browser upgrade paths:
http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2011/08/july-browser-stats-windows-xp-loses-its-majority-share-of-web-users.ars
In Firefox more users with 3.6 than 4.0. No idea why.
slipperyskip 2nd August 2011, 15:06 Quote
According to my stat logs only 11% of my website visitors in 2011 are using Internet Explorer. IE hasn't been the majority browser to my site since 2006. I seriously doubt the accuracy of the data in this article and was wondering if bit-tech can back it up with their own web stat data? It is just too big of a discrepancy to easily explain away.
runadumb 2nd August 2011, 15:25 Quote
I've used opera at home for years and I use chrome in work. Opera has been pissing me off since version 10 though. Still sticking with it but it's getting harder.
cowtc 2nd August 2011, 16:38 Quote
Found Chrome runs and loads so much quicker than FF and IE, so have stuck with it. No probs since
GeorgeStorm 2nd August 2011, 16:45 Quote
What has been annoying you with opera?
Found it started crashing for a while, but doesn't any longer, tis running perfectly
runadumb 2nd August 2011, 17:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GeorgeStorm
What has been annoying you with opera?
Found it started crashing for a while, but doesn't any longer, tis running perfectly
#

Every single UI change starting with the settings moving in the top left hand corner to the latest speed-dial. I dislike every single one of them. Especially the latest one which removed the dropdown box in the URL bar by default. Easily fixed after 10 mins in the forums.
Also flash used to crash it constantly on some sites, like PC gamer but that has long been cured.
Dedlite 2nd August 2011, 18:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
There's a lot of mention of Firefox 4 here. People do realise they're coming up on version 7 these days, right?

Erm...5.1, ackheloi. :)
OCJunkie 2nd August 2011, 19:05 Quote
Chrome rules, sync is awesome.
impar 2nd August 2011, 19:55 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by OCJunkie
Chrome rules, sync is awesome.
Yep. Sync is awesome, I use it on Firefox.
javaman 2nd August 2011, 20:37 Quote
I used chrome but moved to firefox last week. chrome was eating memory on my netbook and was having random problems with it becoming unresponsive. Firefox is better memory wise tho it feels a lot more sluggish and pages don't fully load. I'm getting ready to dump firefox tho I've had bad exp with opera on my mobile
Anneon 3rd August 2011, 12:01 Quote
I tried Chrome as I started having problems with IE9 after release. Never looked back. Great browser.
sp4nky 3rd August 2011, 13:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by dicobalt
At least you have the comfort of knowing that IE users are stupid :)

And people that don't use IE are gullible.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14389430
Ending Credits 3rd August 2011, 13:14 Quote
Does this mean using firefox is hip again?
fata1_666 3rd August 2011, 14:40 Quote
fire fox rules for easy of uses and no faffing around
Grimloon 3rd August 2011, 14:49 Quote
Chrome for preference, the response times just seem better compared to IE and Firefox.
Star*Dagger 4th August 2011, 15:24 Quote
If you are still using IE, quickly find a mirror and yell "Idiot!!!"

:)
sp4nky 4th August 2011, 15:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
If you are still using IE, quickly find a mirror and yell "Idiot!!!"

:)

Why would that be, then?
Risky 4th August 2011, 16:02 Quote
Have IE FF and Chrome on the laptop. Don't use FF much.

Btw the silly study above should have been "Stupid people use IE" rather than "IE Users are stupid" if you read the article.

Oh and at work we are on IE6 which is dire, but it's a big institution and they don't change their desktop builds that often. Can't imagine a place liek this ever moving off IE as they have thousands of internal web apps to retest for any release and need the browser to be supported for several years which firefox won't do.
impar 4th August 2011, 16:20 Quote
sp4nky 4th August 2011, 16:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

Internet Explorer IQ report was a hoax

Old news was reported yesterday at 12:13 on this thread.
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