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.
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.