Chrome on the march through 2011

Figures released for the month of December show that Google’s streamlined Chrome browser continues to make positive progress against rival web-surfing platforms.

According to Net Applications, Chrome rounded out 2011 with a solid 19.11 percent share of the browser market, which almost doubles the 10.36 percent it recorded at the end of 2010.

By way of comparison, Microsoft’s leading Internet Explorer finished the year with a share percentage of 51.87, which sees the browser’s dominance falling significantly from the 59.26 percent it amassed this time last year.

Ailing momentum is not just limited to Microsoft, however, with Mozilla’s Firefox browser dropping almost two points year-on-year and closing 2011 with a standing share of 21.83 percent.

Looking a little closer at the share-based popularity of version-specific platforms in December, Internet Explorer 8 remained out in front with 27.34 percent, with Firefox 8 and Internet Explorer 9 following with 12.28 percent and 11.48 percent respectively.

Meanwhile, Chrome 15 claimed 8.71 percent of the market and the graying Internet Explorer 6 still managed to secure a solid 7.33 percent.

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