Google Chrome is turning five today and what a ride it’s been. Since September 2, 2008, when the first beta version for Windows was released, Chrome has become one of the most used browsers in the world.
Back in September 2008, Google released an open source project called Chromium, on which Chrome releases are still based. The browser was released in 43 different languages.
It wasn’t long before Chrome started getting a lot of users and percentages climbed quickly in the following years.
In August 2013, a new chart from Statista indicated Chrome was being used by 43 percent of all Internet users. Surprisingly, the lowest rate is registered in North America, where only 36 percent of Internet users opt for Chrome.
Chrome is considered to be one of the most secure browsers in the world, leaving unscathed from numerous encounters with hackers. The company even invites hackers to look for security vulnerabilities in Chrome, giving them money prizes for each find.