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Safari for Windows hits 1m downloads

Apple's IE7 killer popular despite problems

It took Apple just two days to reach 1 million downloads of its newest Safari web browser for Windows. A beta of Safari 3 was released was released during Steve Jobs' Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday. See our Safari 3 review.

Apple said that Safari performed an iBench HTML performance suite test twice as fast as Microsoft's Internet Explorer - 2.2 seconds to IE's 4.6 seconds. The Apple-built browser turned in similar performance on iBench's Javascript test, completing the suite in less than a second compared to IE's 2.4-second time.

Earlier on Thursday, Apple released an update to Safari for Windows that addressed some security issues. Hackers found 18 holes in Safari within one day of its launch, with some beta testers reported that the competitor to Internet Explorer crippled their Macs.

Analysts believe Apple decision to move Safari onto the Windows platform was driven by a desire to improve the browsers market share and to introduce Windows developers to the technology so they could write applications for the iPhone.

See also:

Apple fails to address iPhone applications


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