Apple debuts Safari for Windows; Safari 3 Public Beta available today for Mac and Windows

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

“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.

Safari 3 supports all modern Internet standards so users can view websites as they were meant to be seen, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SVG and Java. Safari software updates are delivered seamlessly through Apple’s Software Update application, which automatically checks for updates.

The free public beta of Safari 3 is available immediately as a download at 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%


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. I have seen several comments (on the live WWDC announcement feed) that Safari for Windows and ‘Web 2.0’ for iPhone development are lame, weak, bad idea. I could not disagree more. I have worked in internet development for a long time now, starting with CGI applications written in C and perl, and there is tremendous convergence on the browser as the platform. Most ‘back end’ developers I know are now learning CSS and JavaScript, to keep themselves relevant.

    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.)

  5. 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.

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