Browser Market Share, March 2012

Here is the browser market share for March 2012, based on traffic to my top site (number in parentheses shows change from February 2012):

IE: 32.72% (-1.09%)
Firefox: 31.31% (-0.25%)
Google Chrome: 31.25% (+1.20%)
Safari: 2.18% (+0.04%)
Opera: 1.46% (+0.04%)

In March 2012, Google Chrome was only 0.06% behind Firefox for second place. More notably, it was only 1.47% behind IE for first place. At the current rate, Google Chrome will catch up with Firefox in April, and will likely overtake IE in May or June. At the same time, the gap between Firefox and IE was only 1.41% in March, the smallest gap since we started keep track here.

It’s interesting to note that the numbers we see are different from those reported by Net Applications, which showed IE gaining and all other major browsers declining in March. Since my website is about technology, it appears that IE gained ground with the non-technical audience in March.