Chrome browser grows 10% in April

May 3, 2010: 5:46 PM ET

Chrome's growth comes at the expense of Internet Explorer, which dropped to under 60% for the first time since it crushed Netscape in the 90's.

Google's Open source Chrome Browser, which is available on Mac, Windows and Linux went from 6.1% of the browser market to 6.7%, a hearty gain, especially in the month where Apple (AAPL) sold a million Safari-browsing iPads.

The stats, according to NetApplications who follow browsing habits on their 40,000+ web servers, are part of a larger trend away from Microsoft's (MSFT) Internet Explorer (which dropped .7 percentage points this month) and to Open Source browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari.

Image Credit: NetApplications

Firefox has been stuck just below 25% since November of last year, though it has gained some ground over the last two months.

In Operating Systems (below), there wasn't much change, with eight year old Windows XP still getting over 63% of the share.  The one month old iPad did manage to get .03% of traffic, however.

Image Credit: NetApplications

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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