Google's Chrome OS is very young, but that hasn't stopped it from beating out an older, much more established browser. Computerworld reports that Google Chrome has beaten Safari! Chrome closed out 2009 with a total share of 4.63%, while Safari ended the year with 4.46% of the browser market. This switcheroo is likely due to Chrome now being available for use on Macs. Chrome's December gains were .7%, the largest boost since the browser's launch in September of 2008. Safari also saw a boost last month (.1%) while Opera increased their share as well. Mozilla saw a .1% decline in use, while Microsoft's IE saw a massive .92% drop and reached a new low of 62.7%. That may sound like a commanding lead, but remember that it wasn't so long ago IE held 90% of the market. Make no mistake; Microsoft is losing ground fast.Internet Explorer version 8 is now the most used version of the browser. It accounts for 37.8% of Microsoft's total share. December marked the sixth straight month of decline for Internet Explorer. Over the last half of 2009, the browser averaged a loss of .94% per month. IE is bleeding and Microsoft seems helpless to stem the tide.
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