By Vamien McKalin | May 17, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
At the Google I/O developers conference on Wednesday, the search giant made a big announcement regarding its super-fast web browser, Chrome. According to Google, Chrome is rocking 750 million active users, and this number should be more than what Firefox and Internet Explorer are able to muster at this point.
In a nutshell, it's quite surprising to see Google Chrome achieve such a high user base when you consider that the browser only came out in 2008. Compared to the other main competing browsers, Chrome is young; it's just nearly 5 years old so no one would have expected such a toddler to have 750 million users in such a short time.
What's also surprising is that last year around the same time, Chrome had only 310 million active users, which means Chrome's user base increased by 440 million. That is exceptional growth, and with the new features announced at Google I/O, this browser's growth won't be slowing down any time soon.
Chrome breaking the 750 million barrier is great, but the real victory came in 2012 when it was announced that Chrome had dethroned Internet Explorer to become the largest web browser in the world. Chrome has dethroned Internet Explorer on multiple occasions, but they were short lived, but that time, Chrome surged ahead and never looked back since.
Google seems to be the only company that takes web browsing seriously. Mozilla Firefox is not what it used to be, the browser feels bloated and hangs a lot on multiple websites. It's also a resource hog that possesses the powers to slow your computer down to halt. On the other hand, we have Internet Explorer, the once King of the web browser arena. Microsoft has made many improvements in recent times, but its lack of a worthwhile extension system and its constant need to crash without warning has driven a lot of users insane and away to Chrome.
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