Are Mac applications invading the PC?June 12, 2007 at 7:36 am | Posted in Browsers | 1 Comment
Yesterday, Apple announced it will be introducing a version of its Safari browser to run on Windows. You can already download the beta here. Possible motivations range all the way from breaking Microsoft dominance by forcing web application developers to code for more than just IE (only 11% of enterprises test against Safari according to a study I did of 217 end-user organizations in 2005 while 90% test against IE6+) to breaking Microsoft dominance by installing a platform-independent web stack. Recall the recent articles in the WSJ and E-commerce Times about how iTunes for Windows installs a separate networking stack (called “Bonjour”) that, by all accounts, seems to work well and without harm to Windows. It will be interesting to see Apple’s next move.