Google's Chrome browser is now used by one out of eight web users, the largest percentage yet, according to statistics released by Net Applications. According to the company's population-adjusted estimates, Chrome usage increased from 11.9 percent in April, 2011 to 12.5 percent in May. This marks a longterm shift towards more standards-compliant, HTML5-ready browsers, and a move away from Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
Chrome's growth continues a steady trend since it's introduction a couple years back. Also continuing past trends, Internet Explorer lost share slightly, from 55.1 percent to 54.3 percent, while Mozilla's Firefox stayed about the same, inching up a 10th of a percent to 21.7 percent. Apple's Safari browser also inched upward slightly from 7.2 percent to 7.3.