Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer as the Web’s most popular browser
Filed under that didn’t take long. Chrome’s first public, stable release was in December 2008. The first version of Internet Explorer, 1995.
In 2002-2003, IE controlled about 95% of the browser market.
More info via The Next Web.
Image via StatCounter.
One thought on this: It seems like we’re reaching a point where we’re going to start seeing an interesting effect on browser standardization. That is, Chrome specifically (and Webkit in general) by and large has much wider suport for modern internet standards, at a deficit to other browsers that haven’t kept up as quickly. Due to the inconsistent standards, there’s been a need to create “browser prefixes” in CSS, some of which only work in Chrome. A similar effect happened around 1997, where Netscape and IE were launching feature after feature without any care as to standards. Now, while Chrome is better about implementing this, are we going to see Webkit make every other browser a second-class citizen online? (Granted, we wouldn’t be opposed to seeing every browser company adopt Webkit and work on the same open-source platform.)