Apple makes Safari browser available for Windows

Apple has doubled its presence on Windows by releasing a compatible version of its Safari web browser. Now a public beta, the final version of Safari 3 will run on both Windows and Mac OS X 10.5.

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Apple has released a Windows-compatible version of its Safari web browser. Now a public beta, the final version of Safari 3 will run on both Windows and Mac OS X 10.5.

Apple decided to make Safari a cross platform application to boost the web browser's market share. According to figures cited by the company's chief executive, Steve Jobs, Safari currently captures about 5% of the browser market, a low amount compared to Microsoft Explorer’s 78% and even Mozilla Firefox’s 15%.

Safari will sport the same features regardless of what platform it appears on. Jobs told attendees at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference that the Windows version of Safari 3 has the same technology as the Leopard edition, including built in Google and Yahoo search capabilities.

Apple promised that the new version of Safari would be speedy, claiming that it performed an iBench HTML performance suite test twice as fast as Microsoft's Internet Explorer - 2.2 seconds to IE's 4.6 seconds. Safari turned in similar performance on iBench's Javascript test, completing the suite in less than a second compared to Explorer’s 2.4 second time.

Safari is the second Apple program to make the leap over to Windows. The company also produces a Windows compatible version of its iTunes music application.

Meanwhile, Apple also announced at the conference that it will replace its own file system with Sun's open source system.

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