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Chrome vs IE10 – the battle for the best browser

The race for browser dominance is rumbling on, with Google’s Chrome overtaking Mozilla Firefox to grab second place.

Now, it has its eyes on Internet Explorer. There is a long way to go – IE currently has a 40% market share, compared to Chrome’s 25% – but Chrome’s popularity seems to be growing exponentially.

Let’s not forget – Chrome is only three years old! Should Microsoft be worried? Or will the introduction of IE10 be enough to keep them ahead of the competition?

Chrome- a game changer

There was a time, not so long ago, when each browser looked completely different. You either went with the familiarity of IE, opted for something a bit different with Firefox, or had a Mac and used Safari.

Google Chrome changed all that. The sleek, minimalist design, the interchangeable tabs and the choice of backgrounds – all these were a revelation users.

That is not to mention the speed. A different way of processing data meant that Chrome at least had the appearance of working quickly. Whether it actually did or not is almost irrelevant, as long as web pages appeared quickly users didn’t care.


Since Chrome burst on to the scene, browsers seem to have been converging. Microsoft beautified IE as much as possible, and Mozilla decided a block-like, ugly interface probably wasn’t the best way to go.

Users of Windows 7 have been generally complimentary of IE9 – Microsoft’s current incarnation. IE10 is due for release next year, on both Windows 7 and the hotly anticipated Windows 8.

Microsoft claims it has listened to user’s complaints, and has made IE10 the perfect browser. It has even, at last, added spell check. It only took about three years, but we got there in the end.

Chrome is still the best browser for usability out there, despite losing out in the aesthetic looks to IE9. With IE10 just around the corner, does Chrome have the class to close in on that top spot?

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