How will Apple Use Win-Safari to improve the web.

I wasn’t really going to say anything about the release of Safari for Windows, or the arrival of the iPhone because I really don’t give a flying fuck. But then half of the blog posts in my Google Reader in the past week were pretty much along the lines of “WTF? Why safari on windows? I dunt get it!”

Let me explain this to those of you who are still confuseld and bafflerized by Apple’s recent move. This is really a multi-step process:

  1. Release Safari for Windows
  2. Bundle with iTunes
  3. Bundle it with Quicktime
  4. Bundle with any and all iPhone software
  5. Bundle it with any and all software that you make for Windows
  6. Make any of your existing software download it as an upgrade
  7. Automatically set it as default browser
  8. ???
  9. Profit

Once you get to the ??? step, you already have a critical mass of win-idiots who don’t know how to change their default browser, using your rendering algorithm. Boom! Overnight, Apple will become the 3rd major contender in the browser war. Or maybe even 2nd because the number of retards who will get accidentally hijacked by a bundled Safari install may in the end outweigh the number of people who consciously choose to change their browser for a better one.

Why do you want to be in the browser war? Because it makes web developers test against your platform. As it is right now, most semi-competent developers at least try to support both IE and Firefox. It’s easy to set them up on the same development box and creating pages that look good in both is probably easier than refactoring them after you start getting angry emails and loose Firefox customers. To get things tested on Safari your average Dreamweaver jokey would have to get himself an iBook or run to the local Apple store. Now they can have all 3 browsers on the same box for easy testing.

And if a billion new Safari users pops up overnight, and your website is not Safari-ready you can easily expect lost sales, pissed off readers, and angry emails. Most developers who care about non-IE users will quickly install Safari and make corrections to their layouts.

And all of a sudden, the web will start working properly in the iPhone. After all, if you want to make this browser a platform, you should make sure that it has a critical mass of users, and that web developers are not ignoring it when testing new layouts.

And this, kids, is why Safari is on Windows.

What is in it for us? Well, if there are 3 serious contenders in the browser war instead of just 2 more effort must be made to design the pages in browser independent way. If you design a page that works in IE and nothing else, you no longer have to deal with just a group of disgruntled firefox users. You are now facing the wrath of every single iTunes and Quicktime user who either likes the shininess of Safari or is to stupid to change the default browser on their machine. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is not the kind of crowd you can just brush aside and ignore.

Btw, any of my windows based readers ditching their current browser in favor of Safari? I know I’m not. I love my Firefox way to much. Plus, I don’t want to give up using all the extensions I accumulated over the years.

[tags]safari, safari on windows, iphone, apple, web standards, web design[/tags]

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10 Responses to How will Apple Use Win-Safari to improve the web.

  1. Ricardo BRAZIL Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I didn’t test it but according to Google Blogoscoped the Win-Safari is still very buggy.

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  2. Craig Betts UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Solaris Terminalist says:

    I think you just about hit it on the head. The bundled software makes so much sense. We have already seen this pattern with Quicktime being bundled with iTunes. I don’t think it is for market share of web stuff though. Apple has been through the wringer several times for being too proprietary (remember when the iPod was Mac only?). They want to sell the iPhone to more than Mac owners and need to make it compatible with Windows.

    Since I can’t run Safari on Linux or Solaris, I will continue to run Firefox.

    *thumbs nose at Apple*

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  3. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    [quote comment="4825"]I didn’t test it but according to Google Blogoscoped the Win-Safari is still very buggy.[/quote]

    I installed it on a spare WinXP laptop that was lying around the office. With 512 MB I can attest it was slow. It was actually slower than Firefox.

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  4. Viswakarma UNITED STATES Safari Mac OS says:

    Safari for Windows means Open Internet Standards, rather than Microsoft’s proprietary standards. Safari will liberate the Internet from Microsoft hegemony!!!

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  6. Starhawk UNITED STATES Mozilla Ubuntu Linux says:

    As is usually the case for ya this is hilarious :D But i agree with you too many are blogging about Safari right now, and of course your analysis is sorta obvious, a brilliant business move i must say. lmao. But no way I will ditch FF the extensions have me sold as well as the ease of customization. For that I will put up with some of the extensions perhaps being a bit buggy or FF not being as fast as maybe Opera is or the overall memory foot print of FF + tons addons. Safari is tho kinda pretty and surely gotta be better than IE, despite the fact lots of people are saying its still buggy. Surely apple will fix most of those kinds of problems. Regardless tho I will probably not even download it. My use of windows is pretty minimum these days ;)

    Anyway when i play with web design i test it on FF first and IE is the very last browser i check it out on. I hate IE, damn!

    btw what ya think of Netscape’s newest browser? Looks like a FF clone to me haha but perhaps it will grow in popularity. Tho I doubt it will grow as fast as Safari or threaten FF growing popularity. I haven’t tried it yet tho.

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  7. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Last time I checked the Netscape browser was buggy, bloated and actually would break your IE installation. If I recall correctly it would break IE’s XML rendering library.

    After that I never even wanted to touch that thing.

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  8. Matt` UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    Apple’s bundling annoys the crap out of me, I install Quicktime so that Firefox doesn’t crash every time Stumbleupon brings up a Quicktime object and suddenly I have iTunes (it was swiftly uninstalled).

    Also the fact that the Quicktime startup process somehow re-enables itself even after its been turned off via msconfig.

    Not even considering Safari – I love my Firefox and all the stuff I’m hearing about it being slow and buggy aren’t exactly encouraging

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  9. masterofopera GERMANY Opera Windows says:

    Safari 3 is normally fast, but it uses much more resources than
    Opera and only a bit less than Firefox.
    Deactivate the “Bojour Service” and Safari get as slow as Snail.

    Safari 3 beta was more buggy than an alpha of Opera or
    an EARLY beta of Firefox, only IE8 beta was more buggy (IE8 beta
    feeled like a pre-alpha).

    Apple´s new company politics to bundle its browser with software
    YOU want or need is inspired by Micro$oft.

    Pupil (steve Jobs) :
    Safari BETA is marked by default next to Quicktime in the update-list
    of Allpe-Software-Update (for Windows) ,
    Quicktime tight bundled with iTunes.

    Teachers (Billgatus -> Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer) :
    Micro$oft Internet Exploder is UNSEPARATEABLE bundled with Windows.

    I do not hate Firefox (or safari), but I only love Opera!

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  10. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    Yup, they are tricky and evil. But sometimes enemy of your enemy is your friend. They are standards compliant at lest.

    That said, I take Opera or Firefox any day over Safari. I’m a Firefox user, but I give credit where it’s due to Opera as the faster and more compliant alternative.

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