Safari moves to PC

Written by Brett Thomas

June 13, 2007 // 2:31 p.m.

Tags: #apple #browser #firefox #ie #internet-explorer #macintosh #opera #safari #windows

Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera...it seems there's a plethora of ways to get to bit-tech nowadays, doesn't it? Well, it's time for everyone to move over a bit, because there will now be one more. Apple has announced that it is bringing Safari to the PC.

You will now be able to start your own safari in Apple style even from your Windows XP or Vista machine coming in the next month or two, or you can try out the public beta here. Be warned though, apparently there are a lot of bugs traipsing around in the jungle.

The Windows (and Mac) debut of Safari 3.0 happened yesterday at Apple's WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference, for those of you who are cleverly developing alternative meanings), which has been targeted at drawing the buzz away from the PC Industry's Computex.

Of course, the major draw for the show has been the final beta release of the new Leopard OS, which should likely already be floating around channels of ill-gotten goods everywhere for those who are curious. If all goes well, Apple will release Leopard in September or October.

In the meantime, though, you'll just have to play with Safari. That is, of course, assuming one truly needs another browser alternative. Early reports have shown it to be bug-ridden (it is a beta, after all, so let's cut some slack), but at the end of the day it doesn't seem to truly offer any more functionality than either of its well-entrenched rivals. I know that personally on my Mac it is a great pre-built alternative to going and downloading Firefox, but nothing to write home about...it just happens to be there and I need not download a replacement for something already acceptable.

All of this leaves us wondering, "Why?" Hopefully there will be an explanation as to Apple's insight in releasing this. But until then, feel free to take your own stab as to why we need Safaris through Windows in our forums.

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