Unless you’ve been living under a penguin-shaped rock, it can’t have escaped you attention that Apple have released Safari for Windows.
Not only have they released it, but they’ve actively developed for it, and actively (and some say aggressively) marketed it.
Towit: software update for Windows tries to ‘encourage’ Windows users to install it by pushing it along with updates to iTunes.
This wasn’t well received by most PC-whiners. They feigned anger, saying that it was almost ‘malware’ like, but this was just a cover because they felt that it was an invasion of the Windows-space by Apple.
Most of the great unwashed would just install it without realising it and start using it instead of Internet Explorer – how dare they!
It’s strange that these same PC-pundits weren’t saying the same thing when Microsoft created Internet Explorer as a replacement for Netscape Navigator, and installed it by default, for free, even tying it into the OS, and making it impossible to uninstall.
Those same poor, great-unwashed users just started using Microsoft’s browser instead and Netscape died on the vine. Why wasn’t that described as ‘malware’?
No, I feel that all’s fair in love and war and if Microsoft can use these dirty tactics to grow their browsers market share, then it’s perfectly OK for Apple to do the same.
Oh yeah, by the way – it’s working: