Google’s new Chrome browser has taken 1% of the global browser market within a day of launch according to analysis conducted by web traffic analysis company, StatCounter

“This is a phenomenal performance,” commented Aodhan Cullen of StatCounter which is a rival to Google on website analytics. “This is war on Microsoft but the big loser could be Firefox.”

StatCounter analysis conducted today (Wednesday, 03 September 2008) finds that Internet Explorer holds 70% of the global browser market followed by Firefox with 22%. The information is based on a sample of 18.5 million page views globally on Wednesday, 3rd September.

Based on WebKit (just like Safari), Google created a shock wave with news of its browser this week. The browser offers tabs, an OPera-like speed dial facility and a "super-fast JavaScript engine called V8". In a nice touch, browser tabs are all separate processes, so it one crashes it doesn’t bring the rest of the browser down. Google has also incorporated its Gears toolkit into Chrome  and hopes that the non-crashy, better Java and native Gears support will make the browser the application of choice for Windows users hoping to run applications using their browser. (Versions for Mac and Linux are also in the frame).

Also note that it is a tad bit faster than other browsers at Javascript – thanks to C|Net for testing.

 

Um can I has the Mac version now?

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