Apple takes on Microsoft by releasing Safari Web browser for Windows


“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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  1. As much as I like and use Safari as my everyday browser, there are still those nasty sites that require Firefox. Zillow for anything and Trulia for its “heat maps” for example. I’m sure there are many others that don’t play nice with Safari. Banking sites can be problematical, too.

  2. mac2010 you’re right. everyone here is missing the point. The reason apple came out with a Windows version of Safari is the same reason they came out with a Windows version of iTunes. Safari is to iPhone as iTunes is to iPod. This may have been a more recent iPhone software development since the MacWorld keynote: that the way to open up software development is to go through Safari. well, to succeed in that direction, you’ve got to allow software developers to develop such applications that can also work with their desktop machines … it makes sense to roll out a Windows version of Safari so that there is no limitations to the Windows user or developer whatsoever.

    I think another reason is the halo effect. Once users start using the safari browser on the iPhone — and like it — they are going to be inclined to want that same experience on their desktop, even if it’s in Windows. If they like Safari in Windows and iTunes in Windows, then just maybe one day we’ve got a switcher. The whole “ice cube in hell” bit I think has impressed Steve Jobs as to the power of Apple designed software in Windows.

    If Apple wins the browser wars, then that’s just icing on the cake.

  3. Mike (for one, and only because he vaguely has a clue) and Ballmer (because you’re probably closer than you think)…

    You must be careful about letting the tail wag the dog.

    If I were Apple, the install CD for the iPhone (v2.0) would contain the Safari installer and install it as a default browser, unless the user selected a custom install and deselected.

    In three years, I’d have another 80 million users of Safari on the iPhone and another 40 million using it under Windows – if you’re a web developer and you ignore that userbase, you’re an idiot who deserves to be slapped around the head with a frozen halibut.

    Once you make your site recognize my browser as an equal, you can start to develop Web 2.0/Ajax apps that function transparently across Windows, Mac and iPhone – that makes your life as a developer easier and delivers greater value to the customer.

    In any case, Apple wins – as does the commitment to open standards – and Microsoft (and its proprietary approach) loses.

  4. I don’t think Microsoft should be too concerned beyond any concerns it had with Firefox. The typical drone Windows PC user is not going to install another browser as long as IE works OK. If they install it, there will be another reason, such as iPhone interaction. Or perhaps they “get a Mac” first, decide they like Safari, and install it on their work PC. In other words, Safari will gain certainly gain some traction, but most Windows PC users are not going to install it just for the sake of using Safari.

  5. Yes I want to use free sites like, that are supported by ads, and come every day and read and post…… bla bla…

    …but I don’t want to see any banner ads on the site, even if they could interst me…

    I want to be blind… what hypocrite morons!

  6. Good point, WellWellWell, but that’s not a new issue. How do Windows users get their photos on an iPod? Anybody? Does iTunes for Windows sync with the normal Windows Pictures folder, or whatever it’s called, instead of an application like iPhoto? (Forgive my ignorance of all things Windows. I’m not ashamed; I don’t do Windows.)

    MW: appeared. As in, it appeared to just work.

  7. This is playing right into our hands. We’ll be releasing a MAC version of the the Zune in Bondi Blue and we’ll be bundling IE 7 for the MAC with every copy… and Media Player yeah we’ll bring that back too… with lots of DRM goodness.

    This is War I tell you, War!

    Where’s my Monkey suit?

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