Safari 4 A Multimillion Download Success, Not As Successful as Firefox 3.0.11
Article by George Norman
On 15 Jun 2009
Early last week Apple put an end to the development process of its web browser with the release of Safari 4 stable . The Cupertino-based company has announced that Safari 4 turned out to be a real success with users all over the world and proof of that are the multimillion downloads recorded by Apple in the first few days after Safari 4 Final became publicly available for download.

An official announcement was released by Apple: “More than 11 million copies of Safari 4 have been downloaded in the first three days of its release, including more than six million downloads of Safari for Windows. Safari 4 is the world’s fastest, most innovative browser and is built on the world’s most advanced browser technologies including the new Nitro JavaScript engine that executes JavaScript nearly eight times faster than IE 8 and more than four times faster than Firefox 3. Safari quickly loads HTML web pages more than three times faster than IE 8 and three times faster than Firefox 3.”

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Some of you might have noticed that Apple claims Safari 4 is the “world’s fastest” browser – this is something the company has boasted about before. When the final and stable version of Safari 4 was rolled out, Apple said its browser is 4.5 times faster than Safari 3, 4 times faster than Firefox 3, and 8 times faster than IE8. On top of that, you can expect Safari 4’s performance to receive a 50% performance boost if you run it on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which is supposed to become available this September according to Apple. But then again, Windows 7 RC as well gives all web browsers a 10% to 15% performance boost ( details here ).

According to Senior Vice President of Product Marketing with Apple, Phillip Schiller, it was Safari 4’s speed and novel features that drew in the crowds. “Safari 4 is an incredible success on Mac and Windows with more than 11 million downloads in the first three days,” he said. “Safari users love the incredible speed and innovative features like Top Sites, Full History Search and Cover Flow.”

In related news, Firefox is boasting about how many people downloaded Firefox 3.0 also. According to Director of Community Development with Mozilla, Asa Dotzler, the latest update of the browser, mainly Firefox 3.0.11 , has been downloaded 150 million times in the first 24 hours after the update became available for download.

Please note that both Apple and Mozilla counted manual downloads as well as automatic updates.

If you would like to get Safari 4, a download location is available here .
If you would like to get Firefox 3.0.11, a download location is available here .

You might also consider downloading (not necessarily installing and using) Internet Explorer 8. Why? Because by doing so you would help feed the hungry - details here.



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