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Safari comes to Windows: Public beta posted

updated 03:00 pm EDT, Mon June 11, 2007

Safari Windows

Safari is now platform-agnostic. Apple's venerable Web browser has made its way to Windows, with a public beta immediately available. The company says it is using the success it found in building Windows applications like iTunes to develop the best browser for Windows. Apple claims it is already the fastest browser for Windows, touting an application launch time of .88 seconds vs. 2.48 seconds for Internet Explorer 7.

Other performance stats: "Safari loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2. And it executes JavaScript up to 2.8 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2."

Apple says this testing was conducted in June 2007 on a 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo-based iMac system running Windows XP Professional SP2, configured with 1GB of RAM and an ATI Radeon X1600 with 128MB of VRAM. HTML and JavaScript benchmarks based on VeriTest's iBench Version 5.0 using default settings.




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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iLife is Next For PC

    This is just the start. iLife is next : )

  1. doemel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    OMG WTF

    seems like Jobs wants to unswitch some switchers

  1. doemel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    and...

    ...how will Apple get more people to move to the Mac now? i mean, 90+ % of today's computer users use their computer 90+ % of the time to surf the web (while listening to music). now we've got Safari for Windows (web), iTunes for Windows (music) AND 90+ % of the web p*** content is encoded for Windows Media Player only, so why would anyone still wanna get a Mac?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yawn

    Sorry, but I can't imagine switching to Safari. Firefox just offers way to much control to slip into Safari's "Off or on" approach to settings (pop-ups, cookies, etc). But at least there's one less excuse for web-site developers to say "We don't have any macs, so we can't test our site with safari".

  1. telem

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hmmm?

    Maybe Apple derives some revenue when more people use Safari -- from Google, etc.? That's the only benefit I can see. Give Windows users too much Mac stuff and why would they switch?

  1. stefbystef

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I think...

    I think the main reason is to draw Windows developers to the iPhone. Safari is (or is going to be) the best platform to test iPhone applications which are going to be Web2 and AJAX driven.

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    dvelopment tools?

    So how do they do their development for windows? I was pretty sure that Safari is a cocoa app, so does that mean they have cocoa ready to go for windows (isn't this the fabled yellow box after all?).

    What does this all mean, somebody help?

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Get a life...

    No one ever switched to Mac because of Safari. Apple's not losing anything on this. It's the one smart thing they unveiled today.

  1. mmmdoughnuts

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    dev tools

    Apple is recomending AJAX and WEB 2.0 protocols. Windows already has tools. Safari on windows give them an iPhone test platform... That is all.

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    poking bankers in the eye

    This is to force all those financial institutions with web sites that only work with IE to follow web standards.

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