All roads start to lead to Chrome in browser wars

All roads lead to RomeGoogle’s browser has increased its control of the browser market according to the latest figures from Net Applications.

The figures show that between March and April, Internet Explorer use was down 0.71 points to 55.83 percent Chrome: up 0.69 points to 25.68 percent. Firefox fell 0.19 points to 11.70 percent. Safari increased 0.12 points to 5.12 and Opera: up 0.05 points to 0.48 percent.

Breaking the IE figure down further shows the latest version, IE11, grew 0.82 percentage points back over the 25 percent mark. IE10 and IE9 both slipped a bit, while IE8 fell a solid 1.26 percentage points.

In October, IE11 managed to pass IE8 to become the world’s most popular browser, and the gap continues to widen. This new trend became possible when Windows XP, whose users can’t upgrade past IE8, started to lose significant share. As a result, IE11 can grow unchallenged, until, of course, Edge arrives.

Google’s Chrome gained 0.69 percentage points this past month, and for the first time has passed the 25 percent mark. In other words, one in four Web users now use Chrome.

Chrome 42 captured 7.69 percent, Chrome 41 slipped 1.80 percent, and Chrome 40 fell 5.56 points. Older versions will continue to plummet as the latest version takes over, as is typical with Google’s numbers.

Mozilla’s Firefox has been hitting new lows for months. The browser hit a new low of 11.6 percent in February, and it’s back down very close to that figure once again.