The Google Chrome web browser gained 0.4% of global market share in February from the previous month according to figures published today by NetMarketshare.

Total worldwide usage for Chrome was 5.61% in February 2010, more than triple the 1.5% recorded in February 2009.

Of the five major browsers, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera, only Chrome saw its usage increase in February 2010.

Internet Explorer remained the browser of choice worldwide with a 61.58% share, however, that figure was down significantly from 69.23% in February 2009. Firefox was the second most popular browser in February with a 24.23% share. Firefox's share was up from 22.58% in February 2009 but down from its peak of 24.72% in November 2009.

According to NetMarketShare , Chrome now has gained market share in each of the last twelve months and is now the world's third most popular web browsing software. Safari had been in third spot until passed by Chrome in November. Interestingly even Safari, which had been consistently gaining market share, saw its market share fall last month from 4.53% in January to 4.45% in February.
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