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Safari on Windows

Steve Jobs just said the "one more thing" on WWDC 2007. Safari will run on Windows. I wondered why?? I understand iTunes runs on Windows to sell more iPods. But, why would Apple spend resources on bringing Safari to Windows? To sell the Apple experience to Windows users? It is twice as fast as IE and has more features. Much more standard compliant. It could work.

Maybe so, but that's not tangible enough. There must be something more to it. Then it hit me. We see the first real cooperation between Apple and Google here available for the public.

I'm pretty sure Google is the default search engine on Safari for Windows. Every time a search is performed and a sponsored link is clicked Apple makes money. If they can capture just a few percents of the Windows browser market share they will make tons of money just like Firefox and Opera does.

Great for Apple. Great for Windows users. Great for web developers.

So, if you're on Windows go ahead download the public beta of Safari4W: http://www.apple.com/safari

Thanks Mac Rumors Live for the info and the images.

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wahit's picture
85 pencils

The best software for Windows! heheh

Paul Walker's picture
29 pencils

I thought that too... only thing i could think of was that having more people using safari would cause less people to not support it.

stro-B@adsoftheworld.com's picture
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Nice article Ivan!

plugz's picture
1245 pencils

I'll be installing Safari on the three XP machines at my office tomorrow morning.
That's been my biggest irritation is lack of cross platform browsers, Firefox came close but it was always a windows app in a fancy Mac coating.
I point blank refuse to use any application that doesn't acknowledge the OS X keychain.

archmedia's picture
587 pencils

why is it, that when i go to http://www.apple.com/safari i see a picture of safari showing a yahoo.com website? wouldn't google object to this?

lol seems illogical to me, but then again, it wouldn't be the first time i'm wrong.

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plugz's picture
1245 pencils

...like you can in Firefox.

Apple are partnering quite heavily with Yahoo at the moment in addition to Google.

paul burd's picture
60 pencils

Google has been the default search engine for Safari since v1. Having it that way on Windows too just makes sense. I don't think it points to "cooperation between Apple and Google". Apple is just using the most popular service.

I've never seen anything that says Apple makes money from sponsored Google ads that are clicked.

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geoff's picture
118 pencils

I think Apple wants more developers to make applications for iPhone. If you've listened to todays keynote, Jobs mentioned that the only way for developers to make applications for iPhone is to make Ajax web applications for Safari.

binder520's picture
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Yes, I agree with your thoughts Geoff.

archmedia's picture
587 pencils

it's all about the iphone that's for sure, i don't know if it's so much about the Ajax applications for safari or not. I think it can be broken down to sales more then development of the product and add-ons. Make it avaliable to windows users for them to get used to it, and they'll be more inticed to try it on the iphone. It then makes it an easier transition to the iPhone and so it'll get better ratings from people saying "it's so easy to use!"

not to mention, you get windowss users used to the apple look and feel of applications, then they'll be more open to looking at buying one when it comes time to change their computers down the road.

apple has positioned themselves VERY nicely in the market to make a big change/shift in that very market. You'll be seeing ALOT of people switching over in the near future, and evidently, it's not just cause of Ajax :D

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archmedia's picture
587 pencils

just installed safari, not overly impressed. what bugs me off hand is that i can't resize the window from the edges/top/bottom. i can only do it from the bottom right hand corner. it doesn't seem much faster to load sites like it's bragging it does, but only time will tell. just an early pet peeve that's bugging me already.

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springboard's picture
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they made Safari for windows to make sure developers on the windows side paid attention to Safari users.

Problem with so many web developers (who are largely windows based) is they treat Safari like a neglected browser (like Opera).

If Apple can boost the marketshare to a significant percentage of the web browsing public, then safari compatibility would be a critical application to meet a minimum functionality spec for developers.

With a windows compatible version, Safari can be tested reliably without investing into a mac. Hopefully, I predict the browser marketshare would double shortly.

And if Safari can address windows security issues, that would bring A LOT of users on board as well.

archmedia's picture
587 pencils

no way it's about getting web developers to make their stuff safari compatible. Yes, this will indeed allow them to do just that ALOT easier then before, but this was low on their list of reasons to do it.

at the end of the day, a business this big does things for one reason and one reason only... MONEY. if they can get people used to safari, used to it's look, feal and use of it, then it'll get people that much closer to looking into the whole package and not just a few programs.

in the end, web developers will indeed have to make their stuff work on yet another platform, but that's not the reasonings they used for bringing it over to windows...

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Tigerstorm's picture
1009 pencils

It's all about getting windows user to migrate to the mac and become mac users.. Nothing more..

Mbarnes's picture
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I just downloaded it. I don't have money for a Mac yet and I have tons of PCs. Google is default but you can change it to Yahoo. Some site don't work well with it. The sites that have html issues on Mac Safari still don't work but these are new issues for Windows version of Safari. No large video play on Yahoo, and Aol email button links don't like to work.

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