Firefox was the go-to alternative to Internet Explorer for many years. Then, in September 2008, Google released Chrome. The Google browser has been slowly growing in popularity since then, and a web stats firm quoted by Computerworld now expects Chrome to unseat Firefox as the world’s second-most popular browser in December.
According to StatCounter’s data, Chrome is sitting pretty with a 23.6% "global average user share" for this month, compared to 26.8% for Firefox and 41.7% for IE. That means Chrome still has a little more than three points to go. Computerworld points out Chrome has already gained eight points this year alone, though—a 50% increase since January 2011. Firefox and IE slipped by four and nine points, respectively, over the same span of time. Chrome’s rise to second place seems inevitable.