Hullabaloo in certain quarters arises over Safari for Windows beta’s security, stability

“It makes perfect sense for Apple to release its Safari web browser for Windows, but the question is: What right-thinking Windows user would want it?” asks Wired’s Leander Kahney. “Safari sucks.”

MacDailyNews Take: Well, there goes whatever credibility that Mr. Charity Critic possessed in return for getting to play shock jock in text for a split-second. The big problem with Kahney’s view is that it’s untrue. Safari simply doesn’t “suck.” But whatever, no accountability, right, Leander?

Kahney continues, “A lot of Mac users won’t run the browser (I’m one of them), so why would anyone run it on Windows?”

MacDailyNews Take: If 18.6 million Mac OS X users run Safari and there are 22 million Mac OS X users, then 85% of Mac users run Safari – which coincides with our sites’ stats for Mac visitors and the browsers they are using. Sorry to disrupt Kahney’s stream of blather with the reality of basic math. We now return you to Kahney’s screed:

Kahney continues, “On my Mac, Safari is buggy and unreliable. It’s always crashing…”

MacDailyNews Take: We use Safari every day. This article and every article since yesterday afternoon has been posted via Safari 3 beta. It hasn’t crashed once despite being used on multiple Macs, each for hours with us juggling multiple tabs, switching apps, and visiting literally hundreds of sites. No, it’s not perfect: hence the “beta” designation. But, it’s certainly the best overall browser available today – we’ve tried them all – and very few people push their browsers to the extent we do. Kahney should offload some of those cheeseball Safari hacks he’s probably got running or get someone who knows what the heck they’re doing to look at his Mac because his situation as described, if true, is extremely atypical.

[Disclaimer: Having taste and brains, we don’t bother trying to use Windows beyond keeping up with Redmond’s latest in order to be able to accurately compare with Apple’s efforts. So, we haven’t yet tried Safari for Windows beta and it certainly could be crashing up a storm over there in hell — but wouldn’t that simply provide the warm comfort of familiarity to the sufferers?]

Full article, Think Before You Click™, here.

In addition, we have reports from both CNET and The Register, of course, questioning Safari’s security by quoting the likes of one David Maynor. That’s David “If you watch those ‘Get a Mac’ commercials enough, it eventually makes you want to stab one of those users in the eye with a lit cigarette” Maynor. Still trying to to fulfill your wants, David? Also of interest, please see the related article: SecureWorks admits falsifying Apple MacBook ‘60-second wireless hijacking?’ – August 18, 2006

CNET’s, Think Before You Click™, is here.

The Register’s, Think Before You Click™, is here.

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, from where, oh, where does this Safari for Windows FUD originate? We wonder.

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  1. I like Safari and it is my default browser on the Mac. I will make it my default browser on Windows, but the reports about it being buggy are true. It crashed on me six times in six minutes–on sites with animated ads, animated content, or ads the covered the content. The bookmark menu displayed the Bonjour icon in front of “Bookmark Bar” instead of “Bonjour.” I was also able to close it without closing it–the window was gone but the task bar button was still there.

    Depending on what sites you visit, it either appears rock solid or unstable. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle between Kahney and MDN. I like it, and I’m going to use it, but I won’t make it my default browser on my Windows machine just yet.

  2. The real opportunity for Safari for Windows is incremental revenue to AAPL from Google and Yahoo searches performed through the browser.

    Consider the financials:

    Assume AAPL can earn $100 million in revenue from Google and Yahoo for searches performed through Safari on Windows. This is reasonable, based on the number of users, numbers of searches, and the estimated revenue paid to AAPL for each directed search.

    Assume further that the the cost to produce, market, distribute, and support Safari on Windows is contained to, say, $5 million (not unreasonable) or even $10 million (generous).

    Then that’s still a very significant profit for AAPL shareholders – amounting to roughly $0.10 increase in earnings per share on an annualized basis.

    From a financial perspective, increasing your earnings per share by $0.10 is a no-brainer.

    But like many of you, I suspect the real reasons Steve Jobs agreed to do this is as a stopgap for not having a developer story for the iPhone.

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