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This article was published on December 11, 2015


Watch this hypnotic visualization of Chrome eating Internet Explorer alive

Owen Williams
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Owen Williams

Former TNW employee

Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Internet Explorer was once the king of browsers, controlling more than 50 percent of the market for many years. The release of Firefox in 2002 changed that, but even its prominence didn’t last particularly long.

When Google Chrome was released in September of 2008, it started eating both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox alive faster than anyone expected.

Now, seven years on from its release, Chrome is used by more than 43 percent of Web users across desktop and mobile, according to Statcounter.

This visualization, created by YouTube user Viktor Bohush, beautifully illustrates the domination of Chrome as it slowly took over the market over the space of the last seven years.

It’s incredibly zen with that soundtrack, and shows some interesting points — such as when Internet Explorer fought back briefly in 2013 and grew its share — as well as how Chrome accelerated over the years.

Google Chrome has come a long way since its humble beginnings, and has even pushed Mozilla into crisis as it attempts to stave off stagnation.

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