Apple releases Safari 4, the latest version of its Web browser, with a number of new features and development tools designed to help the company seize more market share from Microsoft, Google and others. Apple released Safari 4 during its WWDC conference, which thus far has also seen the rollout of Snow Leopard, the newest update of the Mac operating system.
released Safari 4, the latest update to its Web browser, on June 8. Available
for both Macs and PCs, Safari 4 originally made its debut as a beta in February,
and includes several new features designed to help it better compete against
Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and other high-profile browsers.
announced the release in conjunction with its annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers
Conference) in San Francisco, along
with the rollout of Snow
Leopard, the newest update of the Mac operating system.
features in Safari 4 include Cover Flow, which allows users to flip through
"previews" of Websites in a mode similar to spinning through album
covers in iTunes, and Full History Search, in which the user can search through
the content of Websites in his or her stored history using a History Search
is also packaging tools with Safari that will let developers "examine the
inspect offline databases, or test experimental pieces of code on the
fly," according to the company.
could be seen as a bid to pull market share away from Microsoft
Internet Explorer, Safari 4 includes a "native look in Safari for
Windows" that includes Windows standard font rendering, native title bar,
borders and tool bars.
beta release in February, Apple
than the previous version of Safari.
wars are heating up, both for the general public and the enterprise. In an April
report by the research company Forrester,
based on a survey of 51,913 enterprise-client
users, Internet Explorer usage in the enterprise stood at 78.8 percent of the
market in December 2008, while Mozilla Firefox had 18.2 percent and Google
Chrome 2.0 percent for the same period. Apple Safari held 1.4 percent of that
particular market, followed by Opera Software's Opera with 0.2 percent.
Other Web browsers have rolled out new editions
recently, including Opera Software, which on June 8 released the Opera Mobile
9.7 beta for Windows Mobile-equipped smartphones. Although it lags behind
Safari and others in the general browser market, Opera's
mobile browser is ranked first in usage.