Website monitoring company Pingdom has posted a series of graphics today that illustrate at a glance the full extent to which Google Chrome has come to dominate the browser market, an outcome that few if any could have foreseen when Chrome first appeared in beta a mere four-and-a-half years ago.
At that point in time, Microsoft's Internet Explorer controlled 75 percent of the market.
The first graphic plots worldwide share for the five leading browsers from 2011 through 2013, with dramatic gains for Chrome and corresponding to steady losses for Internet Explorer and Firefox.
And the second shows not only the extent to which Chrome has come to dominate worldwide, but offers nothing in the way of indication that the trend will change. For example, that 11 percentage gap between IE and Google in North America is down from 16 in Pingdom's last report in April 2012.
There's a lot more info at the Pingdom site, none of it encouraging for Microsoft.