Apple Wants to Send Windows Users on Safari

Jobs sees chance to grab larger share of browser market
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2007 9:03 AM CDT
Apple Wants to Send Windows Users on Safari
Apple CEO Steve Jobs smiles as he does an demonstration on Safari for Windows at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)   (Associated Press)

Apple will venture into Microsoft's turf again, this time making a version of its web browser Safari compatible with Windows. Microsoft's Internet Explorer commands 78% of the browser market compared to Safari's 5%, reports the Wall Street Journal, but Apple's interest in expanding its share is only part of the story: The iPhone, scheduled for release June 29, uses Safari.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed the Windows-tailored browser during yesterday's keynote speech at an annual developer conference. The move could be defensive, say analysts; the Mac version of Safari is notoriously incompatible with many sites designed for Windows. Hoping to continue breaking down the barriers Apple breached by making iTunes compatible with Windows, Jobs says, "We dream big." (More Steve Jobs stories.)

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