Chrome has pipped Firefox to grab second place in the global browser rankings, according to StatCounter.
The analytics firm said Chrome hit 25.7% share, nudging past Firefox's 25.4%. IE still leads with 40.6%.
Chrome had already overtaken Firefox in the UK in July, but still trails Mozilla's browser in the US.
"We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally," said StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen.
"Our stats measure actual browser usage, not downloads, so while Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads our stats show that people are actually using it to access the web also," Cullen added.
Rival web stats firm Net Applications still ranks Chrome third globally, showing Google's browser gained half a point last month to 18.2%, while Firefox slid slightly to 22.14%. IE held flat last month at 52.6%.
This article originally appeared at pcpro.co.uk