Apple makes good on its promise to push Safari for Windows through iTunes

As Apple committed it would do last summer, the company is pushing its Safari for Windows browser via its iTunes distribution mechanism.

As Apple committed it would do last summer, the company is pushing its Safari for Windows browser via its iTunes distribution mechanism.

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs first unveiled Safari for Windows at the the company's Worldwide Developers Conference last June, Jobs said he planned to use iTunes as the main way to get Apple's browser on XP and Vista.

"Apple is looking for ways to grow its browser market share, which Jobs said currently is at about 5 percent. (Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has 78 percent of the market, and Firefox another 15 percent, according to the stats Jobs used during his Keynote.”

"Jobs said that Apple plans to use iTunes as a distribution vehicle for Safari for Windows. He noted that there are a million downloads of iTunes a day, with 500 million of those going to Windows machines."

Earlier this week, Apple updated the Safari Web browser to version 3.1 making it the first browser to support the new video and audio tags in HTML 5 and the first to support CSS Animations.

I'm curious if there are Windows iTunes users out there who have had Safari pushed to them and who've given it a try. Were you wowed? Do you think Safari for Windows has a chance to make inroads against Internet Explorer, Firefox or Opera on Windows?

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