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Chrome surpasses IE in the battle of the browsers

Google's web browser Chrome has become the most popular web browser version worldwide for the first time on a weekly basis, analytics firm StatCounter says.

Google's web browser Chrome has become the most popular web browser version worldwide for the first time on a weekly basis, analytics firm StatCounter says.

StatCounter, which tracks internet data, said Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8's share of the browser market fell to 23.5 percent in the last week of November, compared to Chrome's 23.6 percent – and Chrome is continuing to expand its lead.

StatCounter chief executive Aodhan Cullen said Chrome had been outpacing IE8 on weekends since the beginning of October, but finally edged past during the working week starting December 5.

"It looks as if people favour Chrome on weekends at home, but office commercial use has now caught up," he said.

IE8 is just one version of Internet Explorer, however – many are using the newer IE9 or older iterations. Combined, IE still takes the biggest share of the global market, with Chrome second, followed by Firefox.