The worlds best browser has just been given new life -- on the PC. That's right! Now you can run Safari, the native web browser from Apple, right on your Windows XP or Vista OS. As most of you know, I am an Apple user. I really love the whole thing -- the very latest hardware (iMac, MacBook, Mac mini, iPod, and the soon to be released iPhone), and the coolest, most advanced OS in the world, Mac OS X (current build, 10.4 Tiger and the next generation, due out in October, 10.5 Leopard). As you also know, this isn't the first time Apple has released an app for Windows. Apple's iTunes is downloaded almost one million times a day by Windows users. So, they aren't too worried about this not being picked up by the Windows world.
Why would people want to do that? A number of reasons: ease of use, eligance of the interface, but mostly -- speed. Safari is roughly twice as fast as IE 7 and roughly 1.6 times faster than Firefox. And these are speeds that the average user can actually see. When I open Safari on my iBook (the predasesor to the MacBook), web pages open up considerably quicker than Firefox.
What I think is also interesting about this is that Microsoft quit development of IE for Mac a while back. And yet, Apple launches Safari for Windows. And not just Vista. No Apple knows that Vista is not doing so well and a lot of people are sticking with XP so they have made it available for those users as well.
This is a great day. But it is only the dawn. When the full sun rises, we will see new things in view and see the possibilities of the future more clearly. It is truly an exciting time in the computer world.
Now if I can figure out a way to get Safari to run on Linux...
Peace be with you.