There's no doubt that 2012 has been Chrome's year. Granted, it's been Chrome's year each year since it launched in 2008. But in 2012 Chrome managed to overtake everyone and become the most popular browser in the world, according to StatCounter data at least.
Google has boasted that it too has seen metrics that show Chrome as the top browser in the world, but that's hardly a confirmation.
Chrome overtook Internet Explorer in May and, while IE managed to stay close for a few more months, Chrome has been on a growth streak since August.
In December, Chrome accounted for 36.35 percent of all visits measured by StatCounter, while IE only for 30.88 percent. It's safe to say that the gap is huge at this point and it's unlikely that Microsoft will be able to do anything about it.
For the entire year though, IE still managed to stay ahead, thanks to some strong usage in the early months.
IE accounted for 33.25 percent of all the visits measured by StatCounter in 2012, Chrome 32.76 percent, close, but not enough to claim the number one spot. The caveat is that 2012 isn't over, but a couple of days aren't going to make any difference.