Google's Chrome browser becomes the third browser ever with over 70% in June, joining the ranks of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which once dominated the browser landscape.
The data published by analytics company, Net Applications, in their NetMarketShare report for June shows Chrome's share rising to four-tenths of a percentage point to end at 70.2%. The browser added 3.6 percentage points to its share since January, which helped it to set another record held by only two other browsers in the history of the Internet.
Opera browser also became the only other browser to end the first half of 2020 on a positive note haven gained about one-tenth of a point in the period.
Chrome as third browser to reach this Milestone
Chrome has led the industry effort to modernize the web, with Google as the undisputed champion of modern web standards in its effort to make it to work across the different browsers, which dates back to the early days of the browsers when the standards were often ignored.
Now, Chrome is used as Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE 6) was back in the days, when developers primarily optimize for IE and leave out later tweaking for rivals.
And the breaking of the 70% share bar, makes Chrome the third browser to reach this milestone, after Netscape Navigator and Microsoft's IE in the 1990s. While Microsoft literally controlled the way that millions of people accessed the web back then, but IE ignored the web standards at the time, which set Microsoft and developers on a path of collusion for years to come.
Microsoft makes a comeback with Edge
Microsoft's adoption of the Blink rendering engine forked from WebKit, used by Google Chrome, is perhaps the company's biggest move to improve its market share and position its browser to deliver better performance.
Now, Microsoft's Edge and IE, combined to post a rare increase in share; their combined number climbed one-tenth of a percentage point in June to 12.6%. And the growth was on Edge, recording two-tenths of a point to reach 8.1%, which is a huge gain for the five-year-old browser.
Edge's share for June is the seventh straight month of increase for the new browser. While the month moved the 12-month total to more than 2 percentage points.