July 1, 2011 at 3:06 PM ET
Microsoft's Internet Explorer's dominance of the Web browser market is continuing to drop worldwide, while Google's Chrome browser now has 20 percent of the global market.
Two separate reports issued Friday noted the steep decline of IE, and Chrome's continuing ascent. (Msnbc.com is a Microsoft-NBC Universal joint venture.) The first, from website analytics company StatCounter, said that Chrome's global market share is up to 20.7 percent from 2.8 percent two years ago, in June 2009. In the same period, IE fell from 59 to 44 percent worldwide, while Firefox dropped from 30 to 28 percent.
"It is a superb achievement by Google to go from under 3 percent two years ago to over 20 percent today," said Aodhan Cullen, StatCounter CEO, in a press release.
The second report, from NetApplications, shows IE's share at about 54 percent at the end of June, down from 60 percent a year ago. According to its figures, Firefox is second now, with a little more than 21 percent of the browser audience, and Chrome is third with about 13 percent.
Apple's Safari Web browser has about 7.5 percent, NetApplications says, while StatCounter gives it 4.42 percent.
In the United States, Google's Web browser "has risen to 16 percent behind market leader IE (at) 46.5 percent and Firefox (at) 24.7 percent," StatCounter said.
"In the UK, Chrome at 21.1 percent is now neck-and-neck with Firefox (at) 21.7%. IE leads the UK market on 46.4 percent."
And of note: Chrome has "performed particularly well in South America where it overtook Firefox in April to become the No. 2 browser," StatCounter said. "In June it reached 29.7 percent, ahead of Firefox's 24.6 percent and behind IE at 44.1 percent."
In Europe, Firefox edged past IE last December, the first time that IE had been "dethroned from the No. 1 spot in a major territory," Cullen said previously. It looks like IE is on the way to stepping down from other perches in the months ahead.