Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Jun 2007 09:26 UTC, submitted by TB
Internet & Networking "Apple's Safari is making its way to the Windows platform with the serious intention of making a dent in the market. As brilliant as the people are at Apple, I can't help but laugh at their, to put it politely, delusion. Before I ramble on too much, here are my five reasons why Safari will fail on the Windows platform." My take: Safari on Windows isn't here to take over the Windows browsing market. It's here for the iPhone.
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Jobs predicts Safari will wipe out Firefox
by MollyC on Wed 20th Jun 2007 18:15 UTC
MollyC
Member since:
2006-07-04

"My take: Safari on Windows isn't here to take over the Windows browsing market. It's here for the iPhone."

Maybe Win Safari's raison d'Ítre is for iPhone webapp development, but Steve Jobs did predict that Safari would wipe out Firefox and the rest of the non-IE browsers (on the combined Windows/Mac marketplace).
See his "before" and "after" pie-charts:
http://www.labnol.org/internet/favorites/web-browser-market-share-p...

The "before" chart shows IE at 78%, Firefox at 15%, Safari at 5%, Other at 2%.
The "after" chart shows IE at ~78%, Safari at ~22%, and all the rest at 0%.
So, I guess that's the target by which he's asking Win Safari to be judged. :p

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cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

"The "before" chart shows IE at 78%, Firefox at 15%, Safari at 5%, Other at 2%.
The "after" chart shows IE at ~78%, Safari at ~22%, and all the rest at 0%.
So, I guess that's the target by which he's asking Win Safari to be judged. :p"

Absolutely those prepared and able to download and install an alternative browser, are actually a small part of the market. Seems obvious. To be fair it would be nice if we could get rid of that bundled browser forever. IE6 is still has the largest market share. I'm hoping that Apple can use its own political abuse to solve that problem :p

Edited 2007-06-20 18:47

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DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

Well, if we're looking at the people who will simply click 'yes' and 'next' when installing iTunes, either there will be a lot of people shifting from IE (and some from Firefox, probably) or a lot of frantic calls to kids down the street claiming the internet is broken 'cause it looks all funny.

Unless Safari does turn out to be an awesome browser worthy of displacing Firefox, I'm betting most browser-aware tech types will stick with what they have. I doubt the exodus will be entirely from Firefox.

And besides, unless there's a Safari for Linux (other than Konqueror) in the works, I'll HAVE to stick to what's available now.

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