Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Summary: It seems that Apple just hasn't thought through the mechanism for pushing Safari 3.1 for Windows through the Apple Software Update tool. Not only is Apple pushing this update aggressively and messed up the EULA big style, but it turns out that the browser is being pushed to unsupported operating systems.

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It seems that Apple just hasn't thought through the mechanism for pushing Safari 3.1 for Windows through the Apple Software Update tool.  Not only is Apple pushing this update aggressively and messed up the EULA big style, but it turns out that the browser is being pushed to unsupported operating systems.

Thanks to a tip I received from David Corley, who describes himself as a "an Irish ZDNet regular reader," Apple is pushing Safari 3.1 for Windows to the Windows 2000 platform, despite the fact that this OS isn't supported and also overlooking the fact that the browser won't actually install properly on this version of Windows. 

According to the Safari 3.1 for Windows download page on the Apple website, only Windows XP and Windows Vista are supported, but as the following set of images clearly demonstrate, Apple is pushing Safari 3.1 to Windows 2000 users, but the installer isn't compatible and fails .

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Even trying to manually install Safari 3.1 ends in failure.

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Seems that Apple is willing to go to any lengths to push Safari 3.1, even going so far as to not take the time to properly protect users who are using incompatible operating systems from being offered the download. 

[UPDATE:  What's odd is that David and I are seeing different results here.  For me, the installer is failing, while for David he says that the installer is working but that Safari fails to run ... hmmm.  Either way, it's safe to say that Safari 3.1 and Windows 2000 don't play well together.]

[UPDATE:  Hmmm ... I just left one of the systems running and the installer offered me Safari 3.1 again.  Not willing to accept defeat I let it come in again, and this time it installed!

Now I'm in the same situation as David - Safari 3.1 installed, but it crashes as soon as it starts up.  However, if I stop the browser from loading the Apple site into the browser I can visit a few other pages (Wikipedia front page, Example.com ... ) before the browser crashes. 

I think it's safe to assume that Safari 3.1 and Windows 2000 don't play well together!]

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

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  • Live and learn

    As much as Apple does cool things, remember, its a for profit company. The bottom line for ALL for profit companies is simple. make more and more money by all means necessary.

    Personally, I think that Apple software stinks, from iTunes to QuickTime to Safari. I've got it installed on my machines to to have it, but geeze already, Windows doesn't need another browser!
    Heatlesssun1
    • Funny thing is,

      [i]I've got it installed on my machines to to have it, but geeze already, Windows doesn't need another browser![/i]

      Safari is a pretty good browser and you could do a lot worse, but the distribution tactic sure stinks.
      Yagotta B. Kidding
  • RE: Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

    I'll confirm that - my Windows 2000 box with iTunes prompted me for the install as well. Luckily I said no, not even realizing that OS wasn't even supported.
    brble
  • RE: Apple pushes Safari to unsupported operating systems

    Apple is getting sloppy and careless, it will hurt them in the long run.
    ak87
  • I guess Windows is Windows to Apple

    I guess itunes still runs on 2000. Remember Apple doesn't support software that old anymore, so they probably just forgot about it. It's not that easy to develop for a wide range of hardware or software. Something Apple wouldn't know much about.
    marks055
    • Well, Mac software ran fine on all those clones

      The trouble was, the clones where such crappy rubbish.
      labarker
      • The clones were "crappy rubbish"???

        Sorry, but a lot of those clones were running as good or better than the Apple hardware before they were discontinued (by Apple), and they were a lot cheaper.

        I wish I would have gone with a clone instead of the POS Mac Performa 6200 that I ended up with. It was one of the worst Macs ever made.
        K B
  • I wanna see how fanbois react on this one (nt)

    (nt)
    silent.griffin
    • Finally

      Microsoft didn't get where they were with Windows by playing it
      all warm and fuzzy. It's about time Apple did some bold moves
      to spread the goodness. Safari is the browser on the iPhone
      and the more Windows machines running it the better the
      developers will support it, which in turns means good for the
      Macs as well. The less we see of IE only websites the better for
      everyone. Like it or not Safari has been the MOST web
      standards compliant browser on the market since its release.
      This is a GOOD thing for web design professionals.

      Just run your browser through the Acid2/3 Test to see what I'm
      talking about.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid2
      http://www.webstandards.org/files/acid2/test.html
      observer1959
      • bold moves to spread the goodness?

        I thought I'd seen the height of Zealot fanboyism, but your post takes the cake.

        No son, Job's didn't just crap on your system, it's the new iTurd.
        rtk
      • Wow

        [i]It's about time Apple did some bold moves
        to spread the goodness.[/i]

        WTF are you smoking?

        Hey @$$_O if I wanted that PoS browser I'd go get it myself. If you want to go spread something go get some butter and a piece of bread.
        tikigawd
      • I don't want any of this "goodness"

        http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20080328/tc_nf/59034
        tikigawd
      • Fanbui troll

        Can't you see the stars in his eyes?

        The FUD in his heart?

        :D

        He deliberately missed the whole point about this article. But then, one shouldn't expect no less...
        hasta la Vista, bah-bie
    • probably with a shrug and an audible "meh." (n/m)

      .
      lostarchitect
  • Apple is desperate.

    With Mac sales up, Apple should be happy but they want their software used too. With a large majority of those buying Macs doing so only as a PC OEM on which to run Windows XP and Windows Vista, Apple is getting desperate for software airplay. <br><br>
    Hence the poorly thought out "Trojan" style attack on the Windows operating system. <br><br>
    Steve Jobs has never been shy of pushing the law either. Anyone that's even read his history on Wikipedia knows he's been everything from a heavy drug user to a common criminal selling illegal phone service. He's used people his entire life and as also reported there, he's forsaken his own Daughter.
    xuniL_z
    • lala land

      "With a large majority of those buying Macs doing so only as a PC
      OEM on which to run Windows XP and Windows Vista, Apple is
      getting desperate for software airplay."

      Man what planet are you on??? That comment just made
      everything you say questionable. Stop with the FUD.
      observer1959
      • Well,

        Unless Stevie is buying all those macs himself, there's a definite problem between the sales and usage stats.

        Apple hasn't gained marketshare, yet sales are up 60%. The only explanation can be that some percentage are buying apple hardware to run MS software.
        rtk
        • Or it could be a major refresh from the Apple Faithful? NT

          .
          JustAnAboveAverageJoe
      • Well^2

        I do remember people touting BootCamp as such a blessing: "I can run Windows on my Mac hardware, yaaaay!"
        tikigawd
        • Exactly. And Parallels...

          was touted as a blessing as well. It was so frequent that Mac users started to become know as either a boot camp or parallels man/woman. <br><br>
          To say the numbers are insignicant is irresponsible and the dent goes to your credibility.
          xuniL_z