So why would Apple come out with a Windows version of Safari? Sure there's the idea floating around that Apple stands to make some millions from sending browser to search engines, but I really don't think it's Apple's style to scrabble to money on the fringes. Not that that didn't help them make the decision ("worst case, it pays for itself), but I think they have bigger goals in mind. But what if Apple wanted to develop a platform for rich Internet apps? First, the market is really still wide open. As good as Flash is for delivering annoying ads and site intros (ok, plus some mildly amusing game-lets and very, very few really good sites), they have not really cracked the rich internet app market. I noticed that for version 9 they've yet again re-tooled their "components" (which are strangely pared down from v8). Also, Adobe is getting pretty aggressive about monetizing their commanding ubiquity in desktop browsers. Flash development tool prices continue to shoot up, and they demand incredible licensing terms from mobile device manufacturers to allow the flash player to be included. This create a real opening for competitors. MS's Silverlight is another major contender, but it has a long uncertain road to follow to become dominant. So why not Apple? They could create a specialized version of Cocoa, release Xcode on Windows and Linux. Of course they'd create plug-ins for all the major browsers, but the only way to ensure the best user/development experience is to host it in a friendly browser--Safari. Well, it's just a thought, but I'd love it if Apple took a good crack at this.