Web browers - Opera, Firefox, IE, Safari, Chrome

Web browers - Opera, Firefox, IE, Safari, ChromeThe Internet saw a big shift recently, as Google’s Chrome browser officially overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to become the world’s most popular Web browser for the first time, according to the latest figures from StatCounter.

According to PCWorld.com, Chrome took the lead with 32.76% share, while IE dipped to 31.94% following years of slowly chipping away IE’s market share.

Chrome previously held an advantage over IE back in March for one day, according to stats, but this time, it’s held its nearly one percentage point lead for an entire week.

The report says that while Chrome leads the browser market worldwide, IE still holds a big lead in the U.S. with 37% with Chrome trailing at a distant second at 23%, closely followed by Mozilla Firefox at 22%.

Numbers from StatCounter are “reliable”, says PCWorld. However, data varies from one provider to the next.

One example: NetMarketShare shows Internet Explorer had 54% share this month, while Chrome has 19%, and Firefox has 20%.