Chrome – the most popular browser? Is it really the number one? If so, when and how did it happened? Some time ago, not so long actually, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was the most favored web browser. IE owned the world back in 2008. Naturally, it had disadvantages and not everybody loved it but for years its position wasn't compromised. Until Google's Chrome sneaked on the scene and changed the game.
We can observe the growing tendency of Chrome to expend its domination on world maps, prepared by Jody Sierdzaki at Dadaviz . These maps in visually appealing way, year by year, describe the evolution of web browsers popularity from 2008 to 2015.
2008 – the Times of Internet Explorer
Opera came on the scene and changed the game in 2009
One year later Firefox takes Opera's place
2011 – the year of Chrome's first steps
The great battle between web browsers began in 2012
In 2013 it was clear that Chrome won the battle
Chrome dominated in 2014
Chrome's position got even stronger. Chrome – the most popular browser in the world
What about Microsoft Edge?
There were some hopes that heavily promoted Microsoft Edge would bring a change to the market in 2016. It seems like it didn't work. Statistics show that Chrome is still in the lead by a wide margin. Check out two charts below made by W3Counter, that show monthly usage of all major browsers including Microsoft Edge from may 2007 to may 2016.