Google Chrome has overtaken Microsoft Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser for the whole third week of May.
According to StatCounter statistics, Google Chrome grabbed the top spot in the second week of May from 7 to 13, and maintained its position the following week, as it accounted for 32.8 percent of web browser usage worldwide, whereas IE had 31.9 percent.
Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera rounded up the top five most popular web browsers with 25.5 percent, 7.1 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively.
“Our stats are based on over 15 billion hits per month to over three million global websites from nearly every country in the world,” said Jennifer Cullen, director at StatCounter. “We base our stats on page views [and] we feel this gives the fairest approximation of internet usage.”
The upsurge of global usage by Chrome was not the first for Google’s web browser, with StatCounter announcing back in March that it also topped in March when Chrome briefly became the world’s most used browser in a one-day stint.
The web analytics company’s analysis of browser usage for May suggests that Chrome and IE are in a head-to-head race with more or less 33 percent of total browser usage.
In March, StatCounter said that Chrome still has to prove itself in the browser wars in the long term, but results for the whole month of May already shows it has what it takes.