Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jan 2013 17:28 UTC
Apple After relying on third parties for several years - Internet Explorer, Netscape - Apple decided that it was time to take matters into its own hands. It was time Apple created its own browser (again). And so, Safari was born, and released unto the world ten years ago. These past few weeks, Don Melton, the project lead for Safari and WebKit, has been sharing a lot of interesting stories about the origins and development of Apple's browser.
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ClockworkZombie
Member since:
2012-12-12

The reason Apple made its own web browser is simple. Before Safaris' release browsing on OS X was slower than any other platform and there was no willingness to fix it.

Microsoft would say it was slower because you are using a mac and mozilla due to the troubles it was going through did not do anything either.

The release of Safari lit a fire under other developers and their products were improved, except for IE and you might say the death of it improved the experience somewhat.

Apple will go out of their way to disrupt other businesses when they could be doing better things for the platform and refuse to do so.

A good example is Adobe and video editing. Apple bought the software it made into Final Cut because Adobe refused to update Premiere for the G3 machines that were just released, having stopped licensing computers and allowing access to hardware Avid were not making machines using the G3 either.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Hmmmm... I used Camino back in the day and that was pretty usable and never seemed slow.

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ClockworkZombie Member since:
2012-12-12

Camino was pretty good, but all mac browsers were slower than the windows version of Internet Explorer.

I may have been a little harsh before. IE for the mac was a good browser though I preferred Netscape at the time.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Before Safaris' release browsing on OS X was slower than any other platform and there was no willingness to fix it.
Microsoft would say it was slower because you are using a mac

OSX was generally slow back then... the silly Apple PR of "PowerPC 'supercomputer on a chip' G4" (based on few hand-picked Photoshop benchmarks) didn't change that.

The release of Safari lit a fire under other developers and their products were improved

No, Chrome did that half a decade later. The times between the release of Safari and Chrome were the years of IE6 & stagnation.

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