Apple reports 1 million Safari for Windows downloads

It took Apple just two days to reach 1 million downloads of its newest Safari Web browser for Windows. A beta of the newest version was released during Steve Jobs’ Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday.

Apple said that Safari performed an iBench HTML performance suite test twice as fast as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer — 2.2 seconds to IE’s 4.6 seconds. The Apple-built browser turned in similar performance on iBench’s Javascript test, completing the suite in less than a second compared to IE’s 2.4-second time.

Earlier today Apple released an update to Safari for Windows that addressed some security issues.

Analysts believe Apple decision to move Safari onto the Windows platform was driven by a desire to improve the browsers market share and to introduce Windows developers to the technology so they could write applications for the iPhone.

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