For months now the campaign for IE 6 to die has been going on. Not surprisingly, Microsoft is also pushing for users to upgrade to IE 8. The result is that not only is IE 6 usage coming down by about 0.25 % every month in U.S. and 0.5% worldwide, but IE 7 is going down faster.
While this has been grabbing attention, slowly but surely Chrome is growing every month at the cost of IE, Firefox and Safari.
For the first time, Chrome has crossed Safari if we look at the last 1 week’s usage in the U.S. (where Safari is most popular) according to gs.statcounter.com. Chrome is at 8.93% and Safari at 8.88%. Expect this gap to widen a bit in the coming months.
IE 6 in the mean time continues to slide and is currently at around 4.34% at # 7. In about 2-3 months expect IE 7 too to be around #6
This does not signal that Chrome will slowly take over from all the browsers or IE will die. In fact, Microsoft has targeted another area of performance, rendering in IE9. They are using the power of direct X to make the browser render faster. Unfortunately the preview version is only available in Vista and Windows 7. They are moving at a fast pace now. Check out http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/info/ReleaseNotes/Default.html. In fact the site, http://www.html5readiness.com lists some features not yet available in IE9 and the latest release has already added a few like Canvas, audio and multiple background images via css support.
If anything, the browser wars are just about heating up and IE does not seem to looking like loosing its dominance at least over the next 2-3 years for desktops.