Net Market Share joins StatCounter as ranking Google Chrome as the king of Browsers

For the month of April, Google Chrome took home a 41.6 percent share of all desktop browser traffic picked up by Web tracker Net Market Share, up from 39 percent in March. Over the same time, Internet Explorer’s share dropped to 41.3 percent from 43.4 percent. This marks the first time Chrome has surpassed IE to assume the top spot, at least in the eyes of Net Market Share.

While the browser battles aren’t as intense as they once were, browser makers continue to fiddle with their approaches. Most dramatically, after years of riding IE’s dominance, Microsoft is moving on with the more modern Edge browser in Windows 10.

oogle Chrome has actually been in first place since 2012, according to fellow Web tracker StatCounter, which puts Firefox in second and Internet Explorer in third. Why the difference?

Each Web tracker uses its own somewhat unique methods and sources to determine Web traffic data. For example, Net Applications counts unique visitors per day rather than page views, covers around 40,000 websites and has a stronger presence in certain countries than other Web trackers. StatCounter analyzes the overall volume of Web traffic and tracks more than 3 million sites around the world.