Google’s Chrome and Internet Explorer have been battling it out for the number one space in the browser battles, but more and more recently Chrome is coming out on top — most recently, for an entire week.
We wrote here on MomCrunch about the decision of the State Department to stop using Internet Explorer and use Google Chrome and wondered if it was the beginning of the end for IE. It was just six months ago that Chrome surpassed Firefox as the browser of choice as well.
So why are so many people switching to Chrome?
When asked about the latest data, a Google Spokesperson said:
Lily Lin, a Google spokeswoman, declined to comment on the StatCounter data but said in a statement: “It’s great to see more and more people around the world experiencing the speed, simplicity and security of Chrome. We continue to remain focused on building a better browsing experience so that people can enjoy a better web.”
Google is unlikely to make any money from its Chrome browser, but it will allow it to have some say on what visual elements can be used online, as well as HTML 5. The Wall Street Journal talks about why Google entered the browers wars:
Browsers have become more important as more software development shifts to the Web and away from applications anchored to personal computers and their operating systems, like Microsoft’s Windows, which comes with Internet Explorer. Google has used Chrome to push new Web technologies such as HTML5 that help websites have richer graphics, in hopes of spurring greater usage of the Web—as well as Google’s own websites and online software.
Personally, I switched because Firefox kept crashing (Internet Explorer isn’t even an option for me since I use a Mac and IE stopped serving Macs almost ten years ago). But I love the seamlessness of it, the wide array of extensions (not Google Publisher, though — sticks weird code into my posts here at MomCrunch!). I do have to remember to restart it every day, because the updates are so frequent.
If you aren’t using Chrome, give it a try. It’s really an excellent browser!