Google Chrome growing at expense of all other browsers

The results are in, and Google's Chrome is the only Web browser gaining market share. February's data makes uncomfortable reading for Apple, Mozilla, and Microsoft (oh yeah, and Opera). In IT Blogwatch, bloggers try to work out what's going on.

By Richi Jennings. March 2, 2010.

Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention how not to fix a SQL-injection vulnerability...
Kit Eaton glues the story together:

For the month of February, Google's Chrome was the only one to demonstrate a growth in market share. It was a tiny change, but a strangely interesting one. ... The market percentages for browsers in February 2010, according to Net Applications: ... Chrome: 5.61% ... IE: 61.58% ... Firefox: 24.23% ... Safari: 4.45% ... Opera: 2.35%.
How did that happen? It's probably a result of several tweaks Google's made over the last couple of months--not the least of which is the Chrome for Mac beta edition at the end of 2009. ... Perhaps Apple's users feel less bound to one browser than the typical PC user, and have been adopting Chrome like mad.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes adds:

While Chrome has a long way to go to catch up with Firefox, it’s now clear that this browser has what it takes to grab significant market share quickly. ... Google has a massive online presence and can use these outlets to push the browser.
Net Applications measures operating system usage by tracking computers that visit the 40,000 sites monitored for clients, which represents a pool of about 160 million unique visitors each month. This data is then weighted based on the estimated size of each country’s Internet population.

Ryan Whitwam looks back... and forward:

Firefox came about at a time when Internet Explorer dominated the market. ... There was only one fight to be had for the Mozilla team at that point. ... Google may not be overtaking a competitor any time soon, but Chrome is definitely moving in the right direction.
Chrome has gained a reputation for being speedy and usable out of the virtual box. It is also reputed to be more standards compliant than other leading browsers. ... The recent 4.0 release brought better HTML5 support, bookmark syncing, and the all important extension support.

Samuel Axon has another tidbit:

Chrome use grew among [our] readers from 12.68% to 14.8% — 2.12%. ... Chrome’s adoption is (unsurprisingly) moving faster among web and tech enthusiasts. ... [That] might not seem like much, [but] it’s actually very impressive progress for a new browser. Chrome passed Safari to become the third most popular desktop browser in the world in December.
The archaic Internet Explorer 6 browser version declined another 0.24%. We’ve been saying “IE6 must die” for months now. ... Expect the decline to speed up this month when YouTube drops its support..

Meanwhile, Emil Protalinski thinks Firefox has had its day:

Firefox's decline is quite noticeable, and ... the browser has fallen three straight months in a row. ... Mozilla failed to gain market share after the release of Firefox 3.6 two months ago. ... To fight back, Mozilla may have to start advertising its browser as much as Google does Chrome (on,, and so on) or even striking distribution deals with OEMs.

But Matt Buchanan offers a 'colorful metaphor':

Part of me really hopes that Firefox does hit 25 percent, just as a symbolic "**** you" to the old browser regime. But the other part me thinks Chrome might do it first.

So what's your take?
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And finally...

Richi Jennings, your humble blogwatcher
  Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, he is also an analyst at Ferris Research. You can follow him as @richi on Twitter, or richij on FriendFeed, pretend to be richij's friend on Facebook, or just use good old email:

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