Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Apple unveils new Windows browser, Safari

Apple has launched Safari, its own version of a web browser for Windows that will compete head to head with Microsoft's Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox.

Speaking at a developer's conference for Apple products in San Francisco, California Steve Jobs, chief executive, Apple Inc, said that Safari was "the fastest browser on Windows", that was twice as fast as the Internet Explorer.

A test version of Safari 3 for Windows XP, Vista and Apple Macs running OSX, is available for download from the Apple website. Apple is hoping to replicate the success of iTunes, which has proved enormously popular on both Macs and Windows machines.

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"We think Windows users are going to be really impressed when they see how fast and intuitive web browsing can be with Safari," said Jobs.

He said his company wanted to dream big and expand its 4.9-per cent market share Safari enjoys. Jobs also used the conference to showcase new features of its forthcoming operating system (OS) for Macs, called Leopard.

He said the OS has 300 new features and demoed 10, including a new organisational system for the desktop called Stacks and a new folder system which lets users browse files and applications visually, just as music lovers can browse album covers in iTunes.

He also unveiled Quick Look, a feature that lets users preview files, such as movies, photos and documents, without having to open up a related application. For example, users will be able to preview a movie file without having to open up QuickTime.

Leopard is due for release in October 2007.Games giant Electronic Arts were also on stage to announce a series of titles that would be released for the Mac.

The latest Harry Potter game, Battlefield 2142, Tiger Woods, Need for Speed Carbon and Madden are all to be released for the plaform, in major boost to gaming on Macs.
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