Safari 4 tops 11 million downloads, most on Windows
Apple is reporting that it's new Safari 4 web browser was downloaded 11 million times in the first three days (two of those downloads are mine).
I don't own a Mac (my last Apple was an Apple ][e) but i do have a PC (dual-boot and vm'ed Windows/Linux). I'm not alone as a PC/Windows downloader of Safari, Apple is reporting some 6 million downloads -- that's more than 50 percent -- on Windows.
That's astounding. I would have thought that the majority of download would be Mac!
Records aside, Safari 4 is a slick, fast browser. No doubt some of the Apple brand halo from the iPhone and iPod product lines have rubbed off on Safari with Windows users. It's also important to see a base of Safari that goes beyond just Mac's - as that means the browser is more likely to actually work well on even more sites - and have even more developers try and take advantage of some of its features.
I'm especially keen on the evolution of HTML 5 features -- particularly video - which is part of Safari 4. As more and more users embrace next generation browsers that support HTML 5 video, it's increasingly likely that more sites will develop with HTML 5 features in mind too.