Apple reignites the browser wars: Watch out, Microsoft!

“On June 11, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs stepped up his assault on [Microsoft]. In a speech before Apple developers, Jobs, clad in his traditional uniform of black turtleneck and jeans, announced new versions of Apple’s Safari Web browser for the ubiquitous Windows operating system. That gives PC users a no-risk way to sample Apple software (Safari is free), and possibly an incentive to switch to a Mac computer or buy an iPhone. And to make sure there are enough programs for interested buyers, Jobs also offered Safari’s underlying Web technologies to outside software developers so they could write programs for Apple products, including the iPhone, the company’s latest potential blockbuster product that goes on sale June 29,” Aaron Ricadela writes for BusinessWeek.

“Taken together, the moves could sway more companies to enter Apple’s orbit and potentially reignite a browser war that’s been dormant for several years,” Ricadela writes.

The battle isn’t just about browser market share. Windows users already have downloaded Apple’s iTunes music software more than 500 million times, according to Jobs. A fast-running Windows version of Safari could give Windows users a better taste of the company’s design aesthetic and technical chops, helping to reinvigorate sales of Apple computers,” Ricadela writes.

“Promoting Safari as the way for programmers to develop for the iPhone, and for Mac and Windows users to explore the Internet, could help Apple compete in a computer industry in which software is increasingly distributed online,” Ricadela writes. “Adam Gross, vice-president of developer marketing at Salesforce, says the software maker plans to create an iPhone version of the company’s lead management software for sales reps. Apple’s approach could make it simpler to extend the software for the iPhone compared with other mobile devices. ‘It’s going to be a lot easier to create apps for the iPhone than for other mobile platforms,’ says Gross.”

Ricadela writes, “If [Apple’s] plan gains adherents, it could intensify competition for Web browsers. And that could give Jobs yet another weapon to use against Microsoft, as both companies try to extend their influence beyond the desktop.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]


  1. Interesting to see if the web apps for iPhone will run run in Safari on the desktop…


    Of course they will, in fact, that is how Jobs suggested that developers test their web apps until iPhone is released.

  2. I think this could be an easy way to test the waters to see how well received a version of OS X would be for all intel platforms would be.

    If you own a PC and you down load the Win version of Safari, you could be a canidate for buying a copy of OS X. Imagine the possible impact on Apple’s sales and market share

  3. Duke said: “I think this could be an easy way to test the waters to see how well received a version of OS X would be for all intel platforms would be.”
    Please! Let’s not get into the “OSX as a stand-alone product” discussion again. Apple does NOT want to be supporting it on tens of millions of $500 PCs with who-knows-what for innards. I’m not even sure they want other companies selling cut-rate pseudo-Macs at 10% off the Mac price. Apple wants to sell Macs to the several million Windows users who buy top-end hardware. That’s where the money is. That’s one of the reasons OSX is so clean.

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  4. “I don’t think Microsoft has anything to worry about, but Mac users do. Apparantly some of the exploits found yesterday also work fine on Mac’s.” – Peaceman

    Its a BETA. It’s suppose to have bugs.

    On the other hand Microsoft has pleanty to worry about, if Apple becomes a serious contender in the browser space, now that web applications are the waeve of the future in moblie computing; Web 2.0.

  5. “The exploits are also found on present copies of Safari 2 on Mac’s.” – Baby Jane

    Where does is say that? The report referenced reports that flaws were found in the BETA version of Sarfari 3 for Windows. The whole point of putting the BETA out there is to find the BUGS. So he found some, great, that’s just what Apple wanted.

    “David Maynor, infamous for the Apple Wi-Fi hack, has discovered bugs in the Windows version of Safari mere hours after it was released.” – Slashdot

    Infamous indeed. He never proved a thing on that Wi-Fi hack, other than he was looking for attention and here he goes again. But now he’s acting like finding bugs in a BETA is a failure on Apple’s part, when in fact it should have bugs to find.

    “The exploit is robust mostly thanks to the lack of any kind of adanced security features in OSX,…” – Maynor

    Blah, blah, blah… he has a bone to pick…

    “I am about to make a declaration: Windows Vista is more secure than OSX 10.4.8. Anybody that tells you anything different should immediately be treated with the same disdain as finding a parking ticket on your car.” – Maynor

    What a joke.

  6. If Microsoft takes this as a war, then they will release a version of IE for Mac, but I think in a very, very, very far future. And then, they will claim that Mac IE v. 9.0 will be 100% compatible with .NET software and thus, that Mac IE should be a MUST for Mac OS X. Of course, except for the Active X objects. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Oh my. I hope developers realize that they have to program for the WEB, not IE, I mean, that they pages works well on EVERY platform, on every browser that complains with standards (Javascript, Java, etc.)

    MW: filled

  7. rsbell said “Interesting to see if the web apps for iPhone will run run in Safari on the desktop…”

    Of course they will. Because there are no iPhone web apps. Thats why developers are pissed. The iPhone is CLOSED. There will be no iPhone innovative apps coming along. Why? Because AT&T wants it that way. No skype clients. No instant messenging. No VPN clients. No VNC clients. Why? Because AT&T wants to keep you on their data network and not allow you to use WiFi for anything other than basic email and web.

    Enjoy your $600 email and web client.

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