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Microsoft: Misleading information for Chrome browser

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:46 pm
by Andrew

As expected, Microsoft is not excited by the latest measurements from Statcounter Company, which announced on Sunday 18 of March that Google Chrome was the most popular browser in the world.

Microsoft suggested that the data from Statcounter are inaccurate and directly challenged the methodology of the company and left some gossips for its motives.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:47 pm
by Andrew
The main objections to the methods adopted by Statcounter are two:

First, pre-rendered pages of Chrome are calculated. It practically means that they also record as views all the pages that Chrome prepares in the background and this does not mean that these are actual visits. According to Microsoft, the pre-rendering is more than 4% of total market share.

The second objection that Microsoft mentioned has to do with geo-gravity coefficients. For example, China has about 25% of world population who surfs the Internet, but the sample examined by Statcounter is less than 1%. China's Internet Explorer is extremely popular, so much that Microsoft insists on this point.

The complaints suggested by Microsoft are actually based on some factors. On the other hand, Net Applications (which Microsoft trusts) has its own methodological problems. Ultimately, it is practically impossible to measure with absolutely reliable data reflecting perfectly the worldwide web.

Finally, really useful in investigations of Statcounter, Net Applications and other companies are not market shares, but their variation over time.