Browser Wars: Chrome vs. IE

Yes, you saw that right, I am going to actually put Chrome and IE (Internet Explorer) up together and see which one comes out on top. First however, I must say that I have a bias towards Chrome, however, considering Chrome has 46.60% of the market share 1 (as of January 2014), I am definitely not alone on the Chrome bandwagon. But to the comparison part. Here are a few things to think about…

UPDATE: THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH MORE ACCURATE AND RECENT STATISTICS AS OF 2/17/2014

  1. The Stats Never Lie

    According to Wikipedia’s StatCounter data (wikipedia.org) Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, clocking in at 46.60% of the market. IE takes 24.64%. Need I say more?

  2. Cross-Platform Compatibility

    Chrome supports basically all desktop platforms. IE’s latest version supports two (three if you count Windows 8.1 as well as 8). That’s pitiful considering the fact that IE is made by the company that makes Windows. You would think that IE would be supported on XP, Vista, 7, 8, and possibly other platforms as well, but NO. The latest version of IE (and the only one worthy of comparison with Chrome, supports by two operating systems. Windows 8[.1] and Windows 7. Chrome supports XP, Vista, 7, 8, Linux, and Mac OS X. (Chrome might support more OSes that I don’t know about as well.)

  3. App Store

    Chrome has a robust app store (the creatively named “Chrome App Store”). IE has a lame gallery. I can’t say that the Chrome App Store is exactly great either (a great deal of their apps are just links to a website) but it at least has ad-blockers and other helpful stuff. There is no doubt that Chrome takes the cake in this respect.

  4. Ease of Use

    Should you have to click a (very unintuitive) star to get to your favorites? No. You shouldn’t. But IE makes you do that! Should you have to go to the IE Gallery to add Google as a search provider? NO! But IE makes you do that! The list of inefficiencies and nuisances goes on and on for IE. Chrome has very few inefficiencies or nuisances.

Summary

So, to recap here is a table with the things that we discussed:

Chrome IE
Usage Stats       *
Compatibility       *
App Store/Extensibility       *
Ease of Use       *

Now that you have the facts, I hope that, if you are using IE, you reconsider your browser choice and switch to Chrome. If you are using Chrome, I hope this post has affirmed your decision. Feel free to comment, just remember to follow the guidelines in my Comment Policy.

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10 thoughts on “Browser Wars: Chrome vs. IE

  1. Andrew L

    I agree with you that Chrome is far better than IE. It is propelling the Web forward where IE has been hindering it. However, the W3Schools statistics are probably fairly skewed. On their Browser Statistics page, they say the following:

    “W3Schools is a website for people with an interest for web technologies. These people are more interested in using alternative browsers than the average user. The average user tends to use the browser that comes preinstalled with their computer, and do not seek out other browser alternatives.”

    Check out Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers) and StatCounter (http://gs.statcounter.com/). They are probably more accurate as they represent a broader sampling of Internet users.

  2. Anonymous

    Fans of IE or Chrome will cheer for whatever company who has statistics that are in favor of their choice. This is the first time I heard about w3schools.com in my life. Please consider using some other more poplular sites, such as statCounter, which at least favors Chrome.

  3. Anonymous

    Good blog! I truly love how simple it is on my eyes and that the data is well written. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  4. Anonymous

    I am so happy to read this. This is the kind of post that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that’s on other blogs. I appreciate that you’ve shared this.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you have been enjoying my blog and think so highly of it. I would like to point out, however, that the majority of the other blogs out there don’t have the random misinformation that you speak of.

  5. Anonymous

    Hi my friend! I want to say that this post is awesome, well written and includes approximately all significant infos. I’d like to see extra posts like this.

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I am planning on making a series of “Browser Wars”. In each of the “Browser Wars” posts I am going to compare two browsers in much the same format as this post.

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