Apple announced today that they will be launching the Safari 3 Web Browser for both Windows PCs and Macs.
This means that they will be joining the so called ‘browsers wars’, currently dominated by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox.
According to W3Schools, who measures Web Statistics and Trends, Internet Explorer currently has a 58.8% market share, Firefox 33.7 %, Opera 1.6%, Safari 1.5% and Mozilla 1.3%.
Safari will have to be very impressive to make up ground against the well supported Internet Explorer and Firefox, but Apple believes that it is a great alternative to the current browsers.
Apple claims that, according to the industry standard iBench tests, Safari is the world’s fastest and easiest-to-use web browser. “Safari is the fastest browser running on Windows, based on the industry standard iBench tests, rendering web pages up to twice as fast as IE 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2,” Apple said.
According to an Apple press statement Safari 3 features easy-to-manage bookmarks, effortless browsing with easy-to-organize tabs and a built-in RSS reader to quickly scan the latest news and information.
“We think Windows users are going to be really impressed when they see how fast and intuitive web browsing can be with Safari,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.
“Hundreds of millions of Windows users already use iTunes, and we look forward to turning them on to Safari’s superior browsing experience too.”
The free public beta of Safari 3 is available immediately as a download at www.apple.com/safari