According to StatCounter, Google’s Chrome browser is now the number one browser in the world, replacing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer after a nearly a decade and a half. Microsoft has disputed StatCounter’s numbers but no one can deny that Chrome’s rise has been “meteoric”.
Why has Chrome grown so quickly since it was first launched less than four years ago?
Our Chief Research Officer @Mikko Hyppönen has a theory: Security.
He gave this explanation at Google Zeitgeist 2012 on May 22:
Chrome is actually excellent in security senses. And I’m not saying that just because we are at a Google event.
Looking at real world statistics of people who surf the web and happen to visit a website that has an exploit kit waiting, users surfing with IE or Firefox have—in practice—a much higher risk of getting infected than users with Chrome. And I do believe that’s one of the reasons why Chrome bypassed IE in popularity globally just yesterday—after IE had been the number one browser in the world, Chrome became number one just yesterday.