Apple Safari Web Browser For Windows – Will You Support It?

June 18, 2007 by  

In case you hadn’t heard, Apple announced last week at their developers conference that they’ve made available a beta version of the next Safari Web browser. What’s significant is that they are releasing Safari 3 for both Mac and Windows Operating Systems.

It’s an interesting turnaround in the market. Microsoft maintains about 85% market share of the browser market. Mozilla Organization’s Firefox browser is responsible for eroding Internet Explorer’s share and has about 10% share of Windows users in just two years. Other browsers such as Opera maintain single digit percentages. Two years ago Microsoft stopped supporting Internet Explorer for Mac OS X. Now Apple is trying to gain another foot hold on Windows desktops, presumably since they had great success at getting a Windows version of iTunes installed there.

What does this means to you?

Have you thought about the extra labor it might cause on your end to support yet another combination of operating system and Web browser?

Making HTML and other browser technologies work consistently across the different flavors of Windows and Mac OS X and many browsers is very time consuming.

When sending out contracts (transaction documents, statements of work), please be very careful about defining what operating systems and Web browsers you intend to develop and test for.

If you make vague and broad statements, it could expose you to many more labor hours than expected to account for consistent user experiences.

Finally, always check your Web Analytics to identify what type of OS/browser combinations the majority of your Web site visitors account for. Never assume you or your client knows what that majority of your audience is using.

Good luck!

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