Chrome browser now comfortably past 10% of market

February 1, 2011: 10:19 AM ET

The Google browser showed a strong uptick over the holidays and into January.

Source: NetApplications, click to enlarge

The latest numbers from NetApplications show that Google's (GOOG) Chrome continues to gain market share against Microsoft's (MSFT) Internet Explorer, whose share fell to 56% of the browser market.  Firefox, the number two browser, remained steady at over 22%. And Apple's (AAPL) Safari continues to grow steadily, crossing the 6% barrier for the first time, landing at 6.3%.

Chrome and Safari are both based on the open source Webkit framework, which is nearing 20% of all browser usage.

It is important for Google to continue to gain Chrome market share because its upcoming ChromeOS is based on that browser and it needs a large enough audience familiar with the browser to make inroads into the OS market.

Overall numbers graphed below:

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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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