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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by kaiwai on Thu 21st Jun 2007 08:25 UTC in reply to "RE"
kaiwai
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It'll go the way of Opera - downloaded millions of millions of times, used once, and then uninstalled.


I tend to disagree; I would use Opera all the time, but I have a feeling that most end users suffer from the same issues I suffered from - constant annoying bugs and incompatibilities with websites.

I'm was running Opera on Solaris, but given such absolutely huge bugs experienced when trying to update my blog with Blogger, I just gave up and moved back to Firefox 2.0.0.4.

What will kill Safari won't be IE, or Firefox, or something else; what will kill it will be if end users can't browse the websites they want. Yes, it might be 'good' for the iPhone, but a the same time, if all they were wanting was just 'iPhone' compatibility - why offer it as a mainstream download - why not just off a 'compatibility tester' instead.

Unlike iTunes which has no real competitors, Safari will be up against IE and Firefox. If they don't fix the Safari experience on their desktop, it won't be pleasant on the iPhone - it would be arrogant to then assume that if end users are unhappy about websites, by virtue of Safari being on the iPhone, the website owners are going to suddenly change their whole website for the sake of compatibility.

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