“Apple Inc. will create a version of its Safari Internet browser for Windows, Chief Executive Steve Jobs said on Monday, challenging Microsoft Corp. in its key stronghold of Web access software,” Scott Hillis reports for Reuters.
MacDailyNews Note: Apple has created a version of Safari for Windows. The beta can be downloaded here.
“The move by Apple, which has expanded beyond its Macintosh computer core with iPod music players that work with Windows and the upcoming iPhone, could let the company control how the vast majority of people use the Web at a time when services and programs are increasingly becoming Internet-based,” Hillis reports.
“Jobs also said Apple would let outside developers create applications to run on its upcoming iPhone by tapping Safari, softening the company’s previous position that the device would not support other software due to security concerns,” Hillis reports.
“Speaking at Apple’s annual developers’ conference in San Francisco, Jobs put Microsoft’s dominant Internet Explorer browser squarely in his sights, saying that test versions of Apple’s Safari software were twice as fast,” Hillis reports.
“‘We assume Safari for Windows should increase market share and encourage Web site developers to allow for greater compatibility with Safari,’ Soleil Equity Research analyst Shannon Cross said,” Hillis reports. “‘It should also help increase Apple’s exposure to the Windows community and potentially attract a larger audience of switchers,’ Cross wrote in a research note.”
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