Is Chrome Really the Most Popular Browser in the World?

Several reports have popped up online claiming that Google's Chrome browser is winning the brutal browser wars, having topped Microsoft's Internet Explorer in overall usage yesterday, as noted by StatCounter, an independent website analytics company. It was, according to StatCounter, a one-day victory, albeit on a global basis.

"While it was only one day, this is a milestone," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. "Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable. At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE."

Here it is a day later and StatCounter has IE back on top with a 32.23 percent share of the browser market, barely edging out Chrome, which holds a 31.98 percent share. Take from that what you will. For what it's worth, StatCounter's data is a reflection of over 15 billion page views per month from a network of more than three million websites.

Net Applications, another popular market share tracker, claims its data collection method is the most accurate by factoring in unique visitors to a network of over 40,000 sites. According to Net Applications, IE still dominates the desktop with a 54.09 percent share of the market, well ahead of Chrome at 18.85 percent and Firefox at 20.20 percent.

So, we take it to you, some of the smartest readers on the planet (hence why you've chosen to visit HotHardware, right?). What browser do you use when 'the man' is looking over your shoulder?