Safari 4 downloaded more than 11 million times in three days

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Apple on Friday announced that Safari 4, the new version of its Web browser for Mac OS X and Windows, has been downloaded more than 11 million times in the first three days of its release.

Safari 4 has been available as a beta since February, 2009, but the final version was released earlier this week at the beginning of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Calif.

The 11 million figure includes 6 million downloads for the Windows version of Safari.

Apple claims that Safari is “the world’s fastest” Web browser, partly thanks to the new Nitro JavaScript engine that executes JavaScript nearly eight times faster than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 and more than four times faster than Firefox 3. It also loads HTML Web pages more than three times faster than IE 8 and three times faster than Firefox 3, according to Apple’s calculations.

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