Microsoft accused StatCounter of inaccurately naming Google Chrome world's top browser as they described the methodology StatCounter uses for its estimations is flawed after the company compared it to data from Net Applications, other major traffic measurement website.
Net Applications data has results pretty different from what StatCounter released. For Net Applications, Internet Explorer stays with a comfortable lead at #1 (54%), followed by Firefox (not Chrome) at #2 with a 20.20% of share and Chrome sitting at #3 with 18.8%.
Microsoft says StatCounter methodology is flawed because they use loaded webpages for measuring browser usage, which means that StatCounter data reflected that Google Chrome users open a lot more pages (via tabs) than Internet Explorer's or Firefox's.
The problem with StatCounter is that, when a user types in something to search on Google, Chrome loads all pages in the background, and StatCounter counts each of these pages as traffic towards the usage of Chrome as a browser.