Confusion Arises Over The Future Of Safari For Windows

Confusion Arises Over The Future Of Safari For Windows

With the release of OS X Mountain Lion today, Apple also released Safari 6.0 for Mac. As noted by some, the Windows version of Safari didn’t see the update, and in fact, disappeared from Apple’s site altogether.

While a direct download is still available, speculation has arisen that perhaps Safari for Windows had been completely discontinued.

At the same time today, Apple posted a page (which has since disappeared and now redirects here) detailing Safari 5.1.7 for Windows, even though this version of Safari was released back in May with OS X 10.7.4. As mentioned by MacRumors, Apple had previously listed Safari 5.1.7 for both Mac and Windows on the same page here.

With all of this confusion, speculation has been flying around about what is actually going on with Safari for Windows. While Apple seems to have stopped development of it, at least for now, it appears that they will still be offering the download through the support page for the time being.

If you’re a user of Safari on Windows, it’s safe to say that you should start looking at other alternatives at this point. While Safari for Windows isn’t gone, it’s certainly on its way out.

  • rockymtnhigh

    How do you KNOW it is on the way out? Lots of assumptions in your argument. It might be, or it might be that their Windows team is further behind in making the changes to Safari. As it is, Safari is becoming incredibly iCloud-dependent.

    Time will tell.

  • Brian Gregory May

    That’s too bad. I was hoping for the iCloud tabs on Safari for Windows so that I could keep track of all open tabs between my PC work computer, Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

  • Michael Steeber

    How do you KNOW it is on the way out? Lots of assumptions in your argument. It might be, or it might be that their Windows team is further behind in making the changes to Safari. As it is, Safari is becoming incredibly iCloud-dependent.

    Time will tell.

    It’s safe to assume that Safari for Windows is discontinued considering it’s off the site almost altogether.

  • dcj001

    How do you KNOW it is on the way out? Lots of assumptions in your argument. It might be, or it might be that their Windows team is further behind in making the changes to Safari. As it is, Safari is becoming incredibly iCloud-dependent.

    Time will tell.

    He does not know. He did not say that he knows.

    Michael said, “speculation has arisen that perhaps Safari for Windows had been completely discontinued.”

  • shazr

    It’s such a tragedy if they discontinue it. Although it was never really optimized well for Windows, Safari for Windows was the only way Windows users could experience Safari’s clear type engine on Windows, other than installing third party apps such as GDI++. Windows (be it 7 or 8) has never gotten close to Apple’s wonderful rendering of text on Web Pages. Thankfully I moved to Firefox since it works well on a 32bit XP box with GDI++. But I think Safari clearly deserved a bigger piece of the browser pie than it received.

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