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Top web browsers 2020: Chrome becomes third browser ever with more than 70%


Google’s Chrome cracked 70% last month in the browser share sweepstakes, setting another record as it reached a number held by only two other browsers in the history of the web.

According to data published last week by analytics company Net Applications, Chrome’s share during June rose four-tenths of a percentage point to 70.2%. The browser has been on a sixth-month run, adding 3.6 percentage points to its account since January. The only other browser to end the first half of 2020 on a positive note was Opera Software’s Opera, which gained just one-tenth of a point in that time.

More notable was that, by breaking the 70% bar, Chrome became only the third browser to reach such a dominant position, following Netscape Navigator (ancestor of Firefox) in the 1990s and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in the first decade of this century.

Chrome’s continued climb may not be sustainable over the long run – that would require the extinction of at least one rival – but on a strictly linear basis, the browser’s future looks rosy. Computerworld‘s latest forecast, based on a 12-month average change in share, puts Chrome at 71% by September and beyond 72% by year’s end.

Microsoft’s Edge will be the sole conceivable threat to Chrome’s overwhelming majority, and then only if organizations – businesses and universities in particular – adopt the Chromium-based clone because of its manageability and then users mimic  that at-work move on their personal devices after hours.

Edge’s increase: Caused by Chromium or Windows 10?

Microsoft’s two browsers, Edge and IE, combined to post a rare increase in share, upping their combined number one-tenth of a percentage point in June to 12.6%.


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