Google Chrome continued its good run last year with a further market share gain in January, mopping up 10 percent of the market for global browser usage, according to data from analytics firm Net Applications. It's the first time Chrome has surpassed the 10 percent market share landmark.

Google Chrome, which is slowly but steadily advancing in the browser market, gained o.72 percent share in January. Chrome's market share in December last year was 9.98 percent.

Significantly, Chrome failed to beat Internet Explorer 8.0 in monthly market share gain in January. The Internet Explorer 8.0 gained 1.15 percent (1.18 percent including custom editions) in market share in January over the previous month. The latest beta version of Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 9, surpassed 0.5 percent usage share worldwide, Net Applications said.

The Chrome browser did indeed well through the last year to breach the psychologically important 10 percent hurdle. In March 2010 Google Chrome's market share was 6. 13 percent.