Apple today introduced Safari 3, the world’s fastest and easiest-to-use web browser for Macs and Windows PCs. Safari is the fastest browser running on Windows, based on the industry standard iBench tests, rendering web pages up to twice as fast as IE 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2. Safari joins iTunes in delivering Apple’s legendary user experience to both Windows and Mac users as well as full support of open Internet standards. Safari 3 features easy-to-manage bookmarks, effortless browsing with easy-to-organize tabs and a built-in RSS reader to quickly scan the latest news and information. Safari 3 public beta is available today as a free download at http://www.apple.com/safari
“We think Windows users are going to be really impressed when they see how fast and intuitive web browsing can be with Safari,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “Hundreds of millions of Windows users already use iTunes, and we look forward to turning them on to Safari’s superior browsing experience too.”
Safari loads and draws web pages up to twice as fast as Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Mozilla Firefox 2. The speed of Safari combined with its intuitive user interface lets users spend more time surfing the web and less time waiting for pages to load. Other Safari features now available to Windows users include SnapBack, one-click access to an initial search query; resizable text fields; and private browsing to ensure that information about an individual’s browsing history isn’t stored.
The free public beta of Safari 3 is available immediately as a download at http://www.apple.com/safari and is preview software licensed for use on a trial basis for a limited time. The final version of Safari 3 will be available as a feature in the upcoming Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard, and will be available as a free download to Mac OS X Tiger and Windows users in October.
Safari 3 for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.9 or later, a minimum of 256MB of memory and is designed to run on any Intel-based Mac or a Mac with a PowerPC G5, G4 or G3 processor and built-in FireWire. Safari 3 for Windows requires Windows XP or Windows Vista, a minimum of 256 MB of memory and a system with at least a 500 MHz Intel Pentium processor.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple offers another glass of ice water to people in hell.
MacDailyNews Note: It will be very interesting to see what this does to Safari’s market share. Net Applications’ Browser Market Share for May, 2007: Microsoft IE – 78.67% , Firefox – 14.54% , Safari – 4.82% , Netscape – 0.83% , Opera – 0.74%
I’m changin my default browser at work!
Safari for Windows is a great move. A taste of macintosh for EVERYONE stuck in the dreary gates of the Windows realm.
I’m downloading mine right now, Mac version that is. Requires a resart? Hmmmmmm.
MDN Magic Word: “Hell”
I rest my case…
Apple probably had to do this because of the iPhone.
In letting developers build iPhone apps inside Safari, they made the iPhone completely Windows-compatible.
Solved many problems in one bold move.
But will it replace firefox’s niche?
what a faakin non event
God, this is soooo smart. Incredible viral marketing. Infect Windows users with Apple’s style and ease-of-use… watch them wonder if maybe they ought to switch. Brilliant.
Now, as for Safari 3 — it is okay. A nice if not impressive upgrade.
Whoa. Didn’t see this one coming. Watch out for flying chairs.
No wireless. Less space than a nomad. No support for Linux. Lame
Apple.com redesign!!!!! Sorry if im late on this but….Apple.com redesign!!!!!!!
This is a brilliant way to ensure that a) there are a TON of developers for the iPhone, b) development is standards-based and (relatively) easy, and c) push out a ‘virtual iPhone’ platform in the shape of a damn good browser.
I have no doubt that Safari marketshare will jump up, even if it is only gaining traction among developers. (But oh, I wish it supported Firefox extensions.)
Poor old Balmy Balmer. And with Bill Boy leaving the sinking ship, his hair must be falling out right now. Oh wait…
Ballistic Ballmer has graduated to destroying tables, desks and farm animals.
He’s Twister 2.
As much as I love it, I can’t remotely see windows users downloading and using Safari. Most knowing apple users don’t even use safari, regardless of speed tests. Anyone that actually cares and notice opt for Firefox… on both sides.
Wow, the Apple.com redesign is nice.
They’re really going to town with CoverFlow.