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Apple Reignites Browser War With Safari for Windows

Apple hopes that iPhone sales and Windows compatibility, not to mention faster performance on benchmarking tests, will boost Safari adoption by Windows users.

Windows may be the punch line for Steve Jobs' jokes, but the world's most popular operating system is getting serious and perhaps unwelcome support from Apple.

Monday at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2007 in San Francisco, Apple's CEO said that his company's Safari Web browser now works under Windows.

In a related announcement, Jobs said that developers will be able to build third-party applications for Apple's forthcoming iPhone by creating software that runs in a browser. The iPhone's browser, of course, is Safari.

Citing Apple's experience serving over half a billion iTunes downloads to Windows users, Jobs said he expected Windows users would welcome Safari's superior performance.

To prove his point, Jobs ran a performance comparison between Safari Public Beta 3 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 using VeriTest's iBench Version 5.0. Safari loaded Web pages in half the time it took Internet Explorer.

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