Computerworld: Safari for Windows will leave Apple bruised and bloodied

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“While a Mac is a unified, tightly controlled hardware-and-software product from Apple, a PC contains an unpredictable mixture of hardware components integrated by any number of companies, lorded over (usually) by a Microsoft operating system,” Mike Elgan opines for Computerworld.

“The insular Apple universe is a relatively gentle place, an Athenian utopia where Apple’s occasional missteps are forgiven, all partake of the many blessings of citizenship, and everyone feels like they’re part of an Apple-created golden age of lofty ideas and superior design,” Elgan writes. “But the Windows world isn’t like that. It’s a cold, unforgiving place where nothing is sacred, users turn like rabid wolves on any company that makes even the smallest error, and no prisoners are taken. Especially the Windows browser market.”

MacDailyNews Take: If the Windows sufferers are so unforgiving, why do they continue with Microsoft’s Windows?

Elgan alleges, “Apple sent its first emissary, the beta version of Safari for Windows, into the Windows world, and it was unceremoniously kicked into the well.”

MacDailyNews Take: Proof for that statement? Elgan offers none. A roster of ignorant Windows-only tech nerds spouting off in online forums does not necessarily translate to the general public. In fact, usually it doesn’t. See the insular Windows-only crowd’s initial receptions to Apple’s iPod and iTunes for prime examples. Safari is hardly the “first emissary” into the WIndows world: see QuickTime, FileMaker, iTunes, etc. By the way, Elgan really ought to read the publication for which he writes: Computerworld: Apple’s Safari for Windows well-crafted and fast – very fast – June 14, 2007

Elgan predicts, “Apple can expect much more of this in the future. The problem? Safari for Windows just isn’t Windows enough… Apple will need to do things the Windows way or get eaten alive… Apple will need to approach Windows UI with humility — a rare commodity at Apple — and do things the Microsoft way, or pay the price in market share.”

“Direct competition on a level-playing field that Apple doesn’t control just isn’t Apple’s thing,” Elgan explains. “Safari on Windows will fail.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Fail at what, exactly? Fail to subject users to multiple ActiveX vulnerabilities per day? Is Elgan predicting that Apple will pull Safari for Windows from the market? Regardless of whatever failure he thinks will befall Safari, you can bet that we’ve iCal’ed Elgan’s pronouncements for future reference. And calling Safari for Windows not “Windows enough” is a compliment. If Apple “did things the Windows way,” Safari would have to be rewritten to suck.

The fear emanating from some quarters of Apple in general and Safari for Windows in particular is palpable.

120 Comments

  1. I agree– fail at what? Likely twice upping its share and making more money off of google searches?

    I wish I could fail like that.

    MW “fall,” as in “Whatever.”

  2. “Apple will need to approach Windows UI with humility — a rare commodity at Apple — and do things the Microsoft way, or pay the price in market share.”

    Is this guy dense or what? How can Apple lose marketshare when it’s starting from ZERO in terms of Safari marketshare for Windows?

    He’s so itching for Apple to fail, it’s like watching a dog chasing its own tail.

  3. Interestingly enough, Safari isn’t Apple’s first foray into the Windows software world. Quicktime has been with us, lo all these years. Then there’s iTunes. So it seems that Apple can write great products for Windows. I have no doubt that Safari will bring Apple lots of money via search and be the platform for iPhone development, as intended. Everything else is just gravy.

  4. Fairly bizarre post really — it’s difficult to see failure for safari, when its marketshare starting point is a flatlined nil.

    Besides, what about iTunes?!

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  5. This kind of article just is more proof to me that there is obviously something under the table for writing articles that poop Apple and uplift M$.
    Just like the WinSin bimbo the other day
    who said Leopard looks like Vista.
    If you got facts, report ’em…good or bad. But just report facts. Keep Safari the same across both platforms, like iTunes. A reminder to this guy…iTunes is one of the largest Windows program downloads…close to 300 million. The iPod uses iTunes…the iPhone uses Safari and iTunes. If the iPhone does well, Safari will surpass Firefox and will gain market share.

  6. “”But the Windows world isn’t like that. It’s a cold, unforgiving place where nothing is sacred, users turn like rabid wolves on any company that makes even the smallest error, and no prisoners are taken.”

    It may be a cold place, but “unforgiving?”
    Windows users forgive Microsoft on a daily basis for it’s unstable, security infested, proprietary, good enough slapped together products they use every day.

    Time to kicked it into the well.

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