Apple takes Safari to Windows territory

Apple is planning a Windows version of its Safari internet browser, CEO Steve Jobs said this week at the firm's annual developer conference.

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By  Peter Branton Published  June 12, 2007

Apple is planning a Windows version of its Safari internet browser, CEO Steve Jobs said this week at the firm's annual developer conference.

Jobs said that the Safari browser will also allow third-party developers to create web application's for Apple's forthcoming iPhone, which is scheduled to be launched at the end of this month.

By allowing Safari to run on Windows, Apple can bolster its share of the browser market; Safari currently has around 5% market share, compared to Internet Explorer's 78%. The move would also encourage more web site creators and developers to work with the browser.

It is a tactic that Apple has already used successfully with its iTunes software and iPod media player, allowing them to vastly expand their target markets.

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

Safari 3, the latest version of the browser, is available now in beta as a download from Apple's site, while the final version will be available in October: either with the next version of Apple's operating system, OS X 10.5, or as a download for OS X and Windows users.

Safari 3 will also be the key to creating third-party applications on the iPhone, a move that Jobs had suggested last week. While analysts had expected that Apple would allow third-party applications to run directly on the iPhone, instead applications will run in a Safari browser on the phone, allowing them to access services on the iPhone, such as e-mail or Google Maps.

"Developers and users alike are going to be very surprised and pleased at how great these applications look and work on iPhone," Jobs said. "Our innovative approach, using Web 2.0-based standards, lets developers create amazing new applications while keeping the iPhone secure and reliable."

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