In Africa, IE started off 2012 with a market share of 31.21 percent -- and ended the past week at 26.82 percent. Chrome, meanwhile, started of the year with market share of 26.93 percent and ended ahead of IE at 28.86 percent. Firefox, however, dominates among users in Africa with a current market share of 39.02.
In South America, Chrome's share has risen from 43.58 percent to 46.9 since the start of January. IE's has slipped from 32.23 percent to 29.77. Finally, in Oceania, IE's share dropped from 37.78 percent to 36.99 percent. Chrome got a little boost, hopping from 22.64 percent to 23.91 percent -- enough to put it in the No. 2 spot ahead of Firefox.
If Microsoft is worried about Chrome catching up, the company isn't letting on -- unless getting defensive is a sign of worry. When StatCounter revealed that Chrome had surpassed IE for the first time on March 18, Microsoft's director of IE product marketing Roger Capriotti posted a blog entry criticizing StatCounter's approach to ranking browsers. Capriotti's argument was three-fold, as laid out by Computerworld's Preston Gralla:
"First, [Capriotti] claims, the rankings don't take into account that Chrome "pre-renders" pages, that is downloads pages assuming that users will click them next, even if users never view those pages. Secondly, he says, StatCounter doesn't accurately geoweight "browser usage based on real-world Internet populations." Third, he says, StatCounter counts page views rather than unique visitors, which he says is a more accurate way to count browser share."
Capriotti argued that Net Applications -- which ranks IE at the world's leading browser with a share of 53.83 percent -- does a better job in that it discounts prerendered pages, properly performs geoweighting, and develops rankings based on unique visitors. By Net Applications figures, IE's share has risen thus far this year from 52.96, whereas Chrome's share has dipped from 18.94 to 18.57.
A representative for StatCounter countered Capriotti's criticism in the Comments section of WinBeta's coverage. "There's no argument about geo-weighting when you can examine a single country. It simply doesn't apply. Pre-rendering isn't relevant to the trend either: Whether you move the Chrome line up or down a couple of percent, the trend remains."
The StatCounter rep added, "Microsoft blog missed some important points about our service versus their preferred provider. For example, our sample pool is 3 million websites versus 40,000. We also separately report IE, Maxthon, and Lunascape. These are bundled together under IE by Net Apps (per their FAQ) which will obviously increase the IE figures."
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