Chrome nears 20% share, IE resumes slide

Microsoft's browser ends 2011 at record low, set to slip below 50% by March

By , Computerworld |  Software, google chrome, Internet Explorer

Firefox will lose its second-place spot to Chrome in March if the two browsers keep to their current Net Applications' trend lines. (According to rival measurement company StatCounter, Chrome has already overtaken Firefox .)

Also during December, Apple's Safari stayed flat at 5%, and Opera Software's Opera gained one-tenth of a percentage point, its first significant increase in over a year, to reach 1.7%.

Net Applications calculates browser usage share with data obtained from more than 160 million unique visitors who browse 40,000 Web sites that the company monitors for clients. More browser statistics can be found on the company's site.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer , on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is gkeizer@computerworld.com .

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