The headline say most of it. Google’s Chrome browser popped up over 10% market share for January. Modern browsers* are creeping up to around 80% market share, which means the user experience of the web is moving forward.

Something I hadn’t noticed previous: Internet Explorer 7 has substantially less market share than its predecessor, IE 6. So, when a site decides not to support IE 6, their justification for supporting IE 7 is even less. (IE 8 is the market leader overall with 34%.)

The beta versions of IE 9 and Firefox 4 are neck-and-neck at 0.5% share.

  • My casual definition of “modern browser” is any Chrome version, any Firefox version, and and IE version 8 or higher. I exclude browsers with less than 1% market share.