This Safari on Windows thing...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by R.Youden, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. R.Youden macrumors 68020


    Apr 1, 2005
    I really don't get why this has been done.

    I can understant QuickTime and iTunes as one is an industry standard and the other makes loads of money, but where does Safari fit in the grand scheme of things. The only possible answer I have come up with is that it has something to do with the iPhone.

    What does everyone else think?
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I can think of a number of good reasons to do it

    1. More crack to entice Windows users
    2. Certainly related to iPhone apps
    3. More market share = more people developing sites that are compliant and not built around IE only.
    4. Tweak Bill gates and Ballmer
    5. Apple- World's Largest Provider of Windows Software
  3. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2007
    like steve said in the keynote, boost marketshare
  4. R.Youden thread starter macrumors 68020


    Apr 1, 2005
    I am sure it will increase market share, but you have to ask why?

    What will Apple get out of people on Windows running Safari? I can't wee someone using Safari and saying, hey this is great, I must rush out and get a new iMac (well not enough to cover the development costs anyway).

    Maybe we will see the day when every piece of Mac software is avaliable on Windows?
  5. HugMnster macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2006
    Tyler, Tx
    what I do not like about it is I have not been able to import my bookmarks from internet explorer into safari yet on my pc. :(

  6. kwood macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
    In the Great White North.
    I second this, I think it is a very good move and Apple's behalf. Also a lot of Mac owners have Windows boxes, it helps having a program on each platform that looks the same.
  7. gco212 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2004
    Raising marketshare forces developers to make sure Safari works properly with their web sites.
  8. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Plus, there's the added revenue Apple gets from having the Google search bar integrated.
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    helps for the web marketshare, helps to get more development for the iPhone. means more people and businesses get the iPhone
  10. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Are you sure? It supposedly imports automatically the first time you launch. I know it did on my PC. Do you not have "Imported IE Favorites" in your bookmark list?
  11. amoda macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    One reason i'm happy they did it is that it's helping me through my macless times :(. Sold my old mbp and am waiting till leopard to get my new one and safari for windows is really helping me keep hope in this land of darkness called windows xp.
  12. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Although I'm impressed with Safari 3.0 so far, I installed the iFox Metal theme on Firefox on my Mac, Linux and XP machine. Looks better than the brushed metal Safari on the Mac.

    You get a stable, non-beta, non-microsoft, open source browser that looks mostly like Safari (albeit slower than Safari 3), with all the add-ons you could wish for.
  13. atszyman macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2003
    The Dallas 'burbs
    Asside from the iPhone this is the big one. I know plenty of people who would use Safari if they could use it at work/on Windows as well. They only want to learn/be familliar with one browser and at the moment if you work like that your choice is almost always Firefox. Now all those users can use Safari on the Mac (if they weren't already) and on the Windows machines increasing the Web hits of Safari and encouraging site compliance. Now everyone who does browsing during the day at work on their PC can increase Safari's presence as well.
  14. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    I guess it's aimed at all those Mac users who have to use Windows at work. Not having Safari for Windows available skews the numbers in favour of IE or Firefox. Apple want to double the Safari market share so that it becomes something web developers test against.

    Ultimately I reckon it's got something to do with feedback via Parallels or Boot Camp. Why do people use these? Apple has asked, and the answer has come back that too many web sites require IE and that there is no IE for Mac. Boot camp is meant to just remove obstacles to people switching. Once Apple has them as customers, they want to remove the reasons why people need to boot Windows at all.
  15. djbrickhouse macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2007
    think of the extension.


    If the trend continues, a lot of commonly used sw on the pc will be apple making the switch that much more easy and enticing
  16. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    Oh really.... ;)

  17. macenforcer macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2004
    I use safari on the mac. Period. But I refuse to use anything but firefox on the pc. Firefox is the bomb on the pc. Nothing will ever beat it.

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