Jonathan Sumner Evans
Sumner Evans
Software Engineer at Beeper

Browser Wars: Chrome vs. IE

Posted on in Technology • 426 words • 2 minute read
Tags: Browser Wars, Chrome, IE

Yes, you saw that right, I am going to actually put Chrome and IE (Internet Explorer) up together and see which one comes out on top. First however, I must say that I have a bias towards Chrome, however, considering Chrome has 46.60% of the market share 1 (as of January 2014), I am definitely not alone on the Chrome bandwagon. But to the comparison part. Here are a few things to think about…


  1. The Stats Never Lie

    According to Wikipedia’s StatCounter data ( Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, clocking in at 46.60% of the market. IE takes 24.64%. Need I say more?

  2. Cross-Platform Compatibility

    Chrome supports basically all desktop platforms. IE’s latest version supports two (three if you count Windows 8.1 as well as 8). That’s pitiful considering the fact that IE is made by the company that makes Windows. You would think that IE would be supported on XP, Vista, 7, 8, and possibly other platforms as well, but NO. The latest version of IE (and the only one worthy of comparison with Chrome, supports by two operating systems. Windows 8[.1] and Windows 7. Chrome supports XP, Vista, 7, 8, Linux, and Mac OS X. (Chrome might support more OSes that I don’t know about as well.)

  3. App Store

    Chrome has a robust app store (the creatively named “Chrome App Store”). IE has a lame gallery. I can’t say that the Chrome App Store is exactly great either (a great deal of their apps are just links to a website) but it at least has ad-blockers and other helpful stuff. There is no doubt that Chrome takes the cake in this respect.

  4. Ease of Use

    Should you have to click a (very unintuitive) star to get to your favorites? No. You shouldn’t. But IE makes you do that! Should you have to go to the IE Gallery to add Google as a search provider? NO! But IE makes you do that! The list of inefficiencies and nuisances goes on and on for IE. Chrome has very few inefficiencies or nuisances.


So, to recap here is a table with the things that we discussed:

 Chrome    IE   
Usage Stats*
App Store/Extensibility*
Ease of Use*

Now that you have the facts, I hope that, if you are using IE, you reconsider your browser choice and switch to Chrome. If you are using Chrome, I hope this post has affirmed your decision.