Are IE Users Really Jumping To Chrome?

from the seems-hard-to-believe dept

On the day that Google's Chrome browser launched I saw a few reports claiming that it already had jumped to somewhere between 2 and 3% of the market. Those numbers seemed ridiculously high for a first day launch of a new piece of software -- especially in a market where the majority of people still use the browser that came included with their operating system, and have not chosen to download and use an alternative like Firefox. While some more recent stats suggest both lower penetration, and that Chrome got a first day bump that seems to now be going away, another study suggests that most of the Chrome marketshare actually came from Internet Explorer users, rather than Firefox or Opera. In fact, the report found that all of the market share difference came from IE. That seems hard to believe. I would imagine that the folks most likely to download and use Chrome are those who are already comfortable with downloading and using an alternative browser. So, can anyone explain these results?

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Sep 2008 @ 9:46pm

    Yes, you should care that IE is part of your system and cannot be removed. That makes it the default browser for all novices, and gives it a huge automatic advantage in market share. This means that Microsoft can thumb their nose at web standards and innovation, because they already own you. It's a real pain in the butt trying to code web pages to be compliant with IE, when everybody else is trying to be standard.

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