Three years after it originally launched in beta, Google Chrome has officially taken the position as #2 most popular web browser in November, overtaking Firefox, according to web tracker StatCounter. A bitter 7 year birthday gift for Mozilla, which launched Firefox 1.0 in November 2004.
Impressive really. As you can see in the chart below, the green Chrome line has been growing, and the orange Firefox line is declining, and then they meet.
Now some worry about the very existence of Firefox as an independent browser, especially given that a majority of its revenue comes from its Google relationship. We at ET feel confident that as long as it continues to use the open source model to deliver first-to-market stuff, it will carve out its market share. Or not. One has to imagine there will always be room for an indie browser.