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WWDC Wrap Up: Safari for Windows

Monday's WWDC 2007 offered up a small army of Apple announcements. Mac OS X Leopard will be shipped this fall, the iPhone will be released June 29 at 6pm at AT&T Wireless and Apple Stores in the United States, and Safari 3, which Apple calls "the world’s fastest and easiest-to-use web browser," is now available for Macs and Windows PCs.

According to Steve Jobs, Safari is the fastest browser running on Windows, based on the industry standard iBench tests, rendering web pages up to twice as fast as IE 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2.

Here's more:

Safari joins iTunes in delivering Apple’s legendary user experience to both Windows and Mac users as well as full support of open Internet standards. Safari 3 features easy-to-manage bookmarks, effortless browsing with easy-to-organize tabs and a built-in RSS reader to quickly scan the latest news and information. Safari 3 public beta is available now as a free download.

“We think Windows users are going to be really impressed when they see how fast and intuitive web browsing can be with Safari,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Hundreds of millions of Windows users already use iTunes, and we look forward to turning them on to Safari’s superior browsing experience too.”

The final version of Safari 3 will be available as a feature in the upcoming Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard, and will be available as a free download to Mac OS X Tiger and Windows users in October.


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kidora kidora 10 years
Good way to get people interested in the new mac OS Leopard coming out in October.
Charlie Charlie 10 years
i think i'll stick with firefox:
macgirl macgirl 10 years
dali137- The only lawsuit I could find that appears to be related to what your talking about was one where users wanted to be able to use windows 95 without using explorer. Is that what you're talking about? If so Apple doesn't force you to use their browser or is integrated into the system in any specific way other than a web browser (it's not doubling as your computer search tool). You can select other browsers to be your default and never see Safari if you don't want to. I up until yesterday used Camino exclusively on my Mac but had Firefox and Safari as backups as there doesn't seem to be a "one size fits all" browser on any platform. What we need is some strict web standards that all browsers/coders must work by. Then we could have choice without needing backup browsers for those odd sites that don't seem to work with anything but IE.
steen steen 10 years
I'm sticking with Firefox!
dali137 dali137 10 years
is this not the same sort of packaged bundle that MS offered with by including IE in their OS package? Will this not bring legislature down on Apple for the same reasons? Also, the last thing that we need in the world is another browser. As a web designer I listen to my developers gripe all day about hacks and fixes for each individual browser contender. I wish everyone used Mozilla.
Nightwind Nightwind 10 years
I loaded Safari on my PC, and its not really working. I can not view any "type text" at all. Not on a website, not on a search bar, nowhere on the browser window at all.
macgirl macgirl 10 years
For any of you on the PC have you had any problems with installing or launching Safari? I've heard a few complaints but didn't have any problems myself. Although I do keep my copy of XP very clean with really nothing added to it. I'm loving the movable tabs as well as the tear away tabs. You can also drag a tab from one window and add it to another window. This works on both the PC and Mac versions of it. I also like the new search feature where it really really highlights the key word you're looking for. I can't tell you how many times I search for a key word and it finds it but I can't for the life of me see it on the page ;-) I'm hoping this will be widely adopted and the mentality for only developing sites for Internet Explorer will go away.
woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
very very cool. i'm downloading. for me the poor windows user.
SimplySugar SimplySugar 10 years
Very sweet. I can't wait until I get mine!
SweetMagicFairy SweetMagicFairy 10 years
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