•  paul
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It's been a mini-roller coaster ride for Google's Chrome browser, which flirted with surpassing the 20 percent market share threshold around this time two years ago. Fast forward to today and Chrome has finally managed to leap over the hurdle, landing at 20.37 percent to close out the month of July, according to the latest data from Net Applications.

That's enough to maintain a second place finish ahead of Mozilla's Firefox browser, which has been on a slow and steady decline for more than a year. The last time Firefox enjoyed a 20 percent share of the market was in May of 2013 -- it now sits at 15.08 percent, down from 15.54 percent in June and 16.81 percent in May.

Browser Share
Source: Net Applications

The race for second place is a distant one behind first place finisher, Internet Explorer. Microsoft's browser has the benefit of being bundled with Windows, and as such, it's still dominating the market based on the way Net Applications does its record keeping. IE dipped a bit in July to claim a 58.01 percent share of the desktop browser market, down slightly from 58.38 percent in June, but up a couple of percentage points from this time a year ago.

Why does any of this matter when the most popular browsers are free to download and use? One reason is search revenue. Mozilla's deal with Google to feature the company's search engine as the default option will expire in November. These deals are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and for Mozilla, they comprise the vast majority of the company's revenue -- nearly 90 percent at last count.

StatCounter Browser Share

Things don't look too much better for Firefox over at StatCounter, which has the browser finishing in third place with a 17.52 percent share. What's interesting, however, is that StatCounter's method of tracking usage has Chrome way out in front with a 45.28 percent share of the market, well ahead of Internet Explorer at 21.38 percent.

Which browser do you use these days?

StatCounter is the benchmark my company refers to for these statistics and we through a mini-party when Chrome surpassed IE. Any idea why the statistics are so different and which one more correctly represents reality?


I use chrome simply for the ability to download with ease. There's also the fact that there is easy access to the chrome webstore where you can get Adblock.


Chrome. Faster. Fewer resource requirements. Great add ons. Less hassle.


ive Pale Moon a try: it's a fork of Firefox 24 that is everything that Firefox should be, but isn't!

. I’ve just been FED UP with FF because of the horrific memory leaks, sluggishness, constant pointless UI changes, arrogance of online "help", etc. I've been running v16 forever because whenever I’ve tried to upgrade to newer versions, they’d all pretty much just crash after 30 minutes of heavy use, and not a single version of FF that I’ve ever used has ever fixed the memory leak problems. Not a single one.

I actually installed a tiny batch file on quicklaunch so I could quickly kill FF at the point it’s consumed all of my RAM so I could then start over with “Restore Session” to automatically reload all of my previous tabs. After trying every “solution” to the leak problem, that’s the only one that ever did in any good for me. Apparently the arrogant tards at mozilla would rather tweak the UI to death rather than make a browser that actually works. They’re worse than even Microsoft because Microsoft has to listen to their customers sooner or later or go broke. Nonprofits can just drift along forever.

At any rate, I just finished installing PM, including importing everything from FF with their little importer program, and everything went flawlessly, including all settings and the plethora of add-ons I use. The only difficulty was getting roboform attached, which I can’t live without. I did finally dumb around and got the roboform taskbar program to attach roboform to PM, which then worked flawlessly. It is, however, necessary for the roboform taskbar program to run all the time for roboform to continue to work on PM, but this is a very small price to pay to ditch FF forever.

I've used PM for several months now, opening/closing/keeping hundreds of tabs a day, and I’ve been stunned at how much faster PM is than FF, as well as the VERY small memory footprint occupied by PM vs FF. Even after a week's HEAVY usage, PM has not grown beyond 1 GB, and even better, when I close tabs, ALL of the RAM is given back.

Basically, PM is what FF ought to be. Even better, the genius behind Pale Moon, Mark Straver, has committed to keeping the PM UI fundamentally unmolested. I’ll be installing PM instead of FF on all of my client’s computers in the future as well!

(BTW, ALL of the "recommended fixes" for the firefox memory leak problems are a sick joke. Not one of them works. And plugins DO NOT cause the memory leaks! Firefox does! How do I know? Because I switched to Pale Moon, importing everything EXACTLY like it was in Firefox and guess what? No memory leaks in Pale Moon! Oh, and I use Adblock Plus, Flash, Java, DoNotTrackMe, BetterPrivacy CookieCuller, DownloadHelper, Element Hiding Helper, IE View, ViewAbout, Visited, and roboform. So NONE of those is causing the firefox memory leak problems!)