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Chrome steals share from every rival but Safari

Only Apple's browser seems safe from Chrome's inroads, at least for now

September 16, 2008 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - Two weeks after the launch of Chrome, Google Inc.'s browser has stolen market share from every competitor except Apple Inc.'s Safari, an Internet measurement company said today.

At the end of its second week, Chrome accounted for 0.85% of the browsers that visited the 40,000 sites monitored by Net Applications Inc., an increase from the 0.67% the week before.

Chrome's share came at the expense of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer (IE), Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox, Opera Software ASA's Opera and even AOL LLC's Netscape, all of which have watched their browser share drop in the past two weeks. Only Safari escaped Chrome's impact; Apple's browser, in fact, has gained nearly 0.7 percentage points during the past 14 days.

That picture is in marked contrast to last week, said Vince Vizzaccaro, Net Applications' executive vice president of marketing, when his company's data pointed to IE as the sole browser that had lost ground since Chrome's Sept. 2 release. "The market share hit from Chrome has now affected every major browser except Safari," Vizzaccaro said.

Vizzaccaro has an idea why. "[Chrome] isn't available on Mac OS X yet," he said. Until Google issues a Mac-specific version, the only way Apple users can run Chrome is in a Windows-based virtual machine or by using Apple's Boot Camp dual-boot utility.

And Chrome's numbers may be soft, Vizzaccaro added, noting that Net Applications' newest data pegged the browser's trend line as slightly downward. "I wouldn't be too surprised to see Opera overtake it again in the short term," he said, referring to the Norwegian browser that was once in fourth place but has now slipped to fifth, behind Chrome.

Last week, Computerworld's site metrics showed that the number of Web site viewers using Chrome had peaked just two days after its launch, and since then had dropped before stabilizing at between 5% and 6%.

 

  Week of 8/24 Week of 8/31 Week of 9/7 Net Change

Internet Ex.

72.39%

71.03%

71.24%

-1.15 points

Firefox

19.54%

19.78%

19.35%

-0.19 points

Safari

6.27%

6.67%

6.95%

+0.68 points

Chrome

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0.67%

0.85%

+0.85 points

Opera

0.74%

0.75%

0.70%

-0.04 points

Netscape

0.77%

0.83%

0.67%

-0.10 points

Source: Net Applications Inc

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