Google's Chrome browser is now the second most used browser in the world, according to data provided by StatCounter, as it surpassed Mozilla's Firefox in market share in November. Both continue to trail Microsoft's Explorer, however, which has a substantial cushion as the world's most commonly used web browser.
In November, Chrome had a market share of 25.69 percent, putting it slightly ahead of Firefox, which carried a 25.23 percent share last month. Both of those figures pail in comparison, however, to Explorer's dominant 40.63 percent share. Google's Chrome browser has enjoyed a rapid ascension to 2nd place since its public launch in 2008. Having been around for just over three years, the browser is much longer than its chief competitors.
Explorer, which comes pre-installed on machines running Windows, debuted in 1995, while Apple debuted its proprietary browser Safari in 2003. Mozilla came on the scene about a year later, launching the initial version of Firefox in 2004. Chrome's market share has been celebrated by tech insiders for its huge selection of extensions, available in the Chrome shop, and has rapidly gained market share, having just reached 20 percent in June.