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Google Chrome overtakes Mozilla Firefox in global browser usage

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Google Chrome has overtaken Mozilla Firefox in terms of global usage.

Figures from analytics company StatCounter suggest that the Google web browser in now the closest rival to market leader Internet Explorer.

Chrome has grown exponentially in recent years. It currently holds a 25.69% share of the market, compared to just 4.66% in 2009. It overtook Firefox as the UK's second choice browser in the summer.

"We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally," said StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen.

"Our stats measure actual browser usage, not downloads, so while Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads our stats show that people are actually using it to access the web also."

Microsoft's Internet Explorer remains dominant in the US, holding 50.66% of the market. Firefox came in second in the territory with 20.09%, while Chrome took 17.3%. Apple Safari accounts for 10.76%.

In the UK, Internet Explorer leads the way on 42.8%, Chrome holds 24.8% and Firefox 20.6%.

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