Google Chrome has become the top web browser in the world, beating out rival Microsoft Internet Explorer, according to the latest data. Net Market Share, an analytics firm, said Google’s browser had 41.71 percent of the market share in April compared to Microsoft Internet Explorer’s 41.33 percent. In third place was Firefox at 9.76 percent, followed by Apple’s Safari at 4.91 percent and Opera 1.89%.
On mobile devices, where Microsoft has a tiny presence, Chrome’s has long been in the lead. Google’s browser accounts for 49 percent of usage, Net Applications says, followed by Apple’s Safari at 29 percent. Internet Explorer checks in at 4 percent. Microsoft last year replaced Internet Explorer with a new browser, Microsoft Edge, for its new Windows 10 operating system.
Web browsing has been of the most important battlegrounds in consumer technology during the past decade, and dominating the emerging field was a cornerstone of Microsoft’s companywide push in the 1990s to expand its reach to the Internet. Browser windows can be gateways to other services, including search engines, email and news portals. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was the most widely used Web browser on desktop computers since topping Netscape Navigator in 1998.