Apple takes Windows users on a Safari
Apple has launched a version of its Safari web browser for Windows–based PCs, pitting it against Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox.
Apple has launched a version of its Safari web browser for Windows–based PCs, pitting it against Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox.
"We think Windows users are going to be really impressed when they see how fast and intuitive web browsing can be with Safari," stated Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his keynote speech at the firm’s Worldwide Developers Conference. "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 speed of Safari combined with its intuitive user interface lets users spend more time surfing the web and less time waiting for pages to load," Jobs added.
Other Safari features now available to Windows users include SnapBack - one-click access to an initial search query, resizable text fields and private browsing to ensure that data about an individual's browsing history isn't stored.
Safari, which was released three years ago specifically for Apple’s Macintosh PCs, has captured about 5% of the world’s market share for internet browsers with more than 18 million users, Jobs claimed.
Internet Explorer is the predominant browser with a 78% share, while Firefox has rapidly climbed to gain about 15% of the market, he claimed.
Starting today, Apple is making its Safari 3 public beta available as a free download for Macs and PCs here.
Safari 3 for Windows requires Windows XP or Vista, a minimum of 256 Mbytes of RAM and a 500MHz Intel Pentium processor or higher.